Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Receive a Free Book in the Mail Monthly for your child 5 and under!

CLICK HERE to register your child that is under 5 for the Dolly Parton's Imagination library! Your child will receive a free book every month until your child reaches 5 years old! This program is sponsored thru the United Way and Dolly Parton.

I have shared this info before, but it has been awhile and wanted to repost it for those that have not heard about this awesome program!

My 3 year old Emily has been getting a book in the mail every month for almost 2 years now! She loves it and tells me sometimes that today she is getting a book in the mail! We just received this months today! It is called Ladybug Girl and Bumblebee Boy and it super cute. We already read it.

Here is some information about the program:

In 1996, Dolly Parton launched an exciting new effort to benefit the children of her home county in east Tennessee. Dolly wanted to foster a love of reading among her county’s preschool children and their families. She wanted children to be excited about books and to feel the magic that books can create. Moreover, she could insure that every child would have books, regardless of their family’s income.

So she decided to mail a brand new, age appropriate book each month to every child under 5 in Sevier County. With the arrival of every child’s first book, the classic The Little Engine That Could ™, every child could now experience the joy of finding their very own book in their mail box. These moments continue each month until the child turns 5—and in their very last month in the program they receive Look Out Kindergarten Here I Come.

Needless to say the experience has been a smashing success. So much so that many other communities clamored to provide the Imagination Library to their children. Dolly thought long and hard about it and decided her Foundation should develop a way for other communities to participate. The Foundation asked a blue ribbon panel of experts to select just the right books and secured Penguin Group USA to be the exclusive publisher for the Imagination Library. Moreover a database was built to keep track of the information.

Consequently, in March of 2000 she stood at the podium of The National Press Club in Washington, D.C. and revealed the plan for other communities to provide the Imagination Library to their children. And as only Dolly can say it, she wanted to “put her money where her mouth is – and with such a big mouth that’s a pretty large sum of money” and provide the books herself to the children of Branson, Missouri and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina – communities where her businesses now operate. If other leaders in their communities were willing to do the same, well something big might just happen.

You know what? It did!!

David Dotson, Executive Director of The Dollywood Foundation, Dolly Parton, Lady Jackson, President of the Governor’s Books from Birth Foundation, and Phil Bredesen, Governor, State of Tennessee.

Here’s how it works:

A community must make the program accessible to all preschool children in their area. The community pays for the books and mailing, promotes the program, registers the children, and enters the information into the database.

From there The Dollywood Foundation takes over and manages the system to deliver the books to the home. You can find out more of the operational details on other pages in this website – so what are you waiting for! Hundreds of communities are providing books to hundreds of thousands of children.

Check it out and see if your community is one that participates in this program!


  1. Unfortunately, my area doesn't have a sponsor yet, but I just posted this to facebook and I am hoping that if enough people repost it, maybe someone with some connections will notice. This is such a great program!!

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