Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Imagination Library: Getting Kids Connected With Book

Dolly Parton has a passion for helping kids get excited about reading and this excitement is spreading across the country.

"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 each book, 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."

In 2000, she expanded her program to other communities. You can check to see if your city has a sponsor. If so, you can sign up your child or grandchild who under 5, and he/she will receive a book a month until the age of 5. It doesn't matter how old they are when they sign up (newborn or 4 1/2).

If this isn't available in your community, maybe you can see about finding a local sponsor who is willing to take this on.

This is a great program that encourages reading in young children who will eventually go on to read our articles, books and blogs.

visit her website at


Janie B said...

How great! Dolly is just terrific!

Carol Kilgore said...

What a wonderful program. And such a good thing that she does . . . and doesn't talk much about. Thanks for writing about it here.

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