Since books have always been so important to me, I made sure that I had my girls had a quality collection as soon as they were born. I realize that books can get expensive, which is why I wanted to share this amazing opportunity to help you create a quality collection of books for your child… for FREE with Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library!
I love to read. I remember my love of reading going as far back as early elementary school, which is why I knew I wanted to instill that love for both of my girls as early as possible. In fact, I started reading to Sophia nightly as soon as we got home from the hospital. It’s always been a special time for me with my girls and it played a great part in our successful nighttime routine.
Now that Sophia is finishing up her first year of school and has began to read, I realize just how important those first 5 years of reading really were. I know they played a huge part in her ability to read so well so early and I try to spread the word about the Imagination Library and the fantastic books that your child can receive to build up their own home library.
Dolly Parton created the Imagination Library 20 years ago in her hometown of Sevierville, Tennessee. Dolly grew up poor with limited resources and realizing that there was still some poverty in the area and the fact that not all children were able to have access to quality books, she was inspired to create an opportunity to change that. The Imagination Library sends out one book per month to each child who is registered with the program for the first 5 years of their life! That’s 60 books to build a quality collection of books for your child… for FREE!
Books can get expensive and the books that your child can receive from the Imagination Library are high quality. Some are hardback, some paper back, but all have been carefully selected as the most appropriate for the age of your child. In fact, the first book that EVERY child receives was picked by Miss Dolly Parton herself.
I had the amazing opportunity to sit in during an amazing interview by Andy Cohen from SiriusXM’s Radio Andy [Channel 102] last week and when Andy asked Dolly about the Imagination Library she made sure to share why she chose the classic children’s book “The Little Engine That Could” by Watty Piper to be the first book of the program.
She explained that she always had a dream of going to Nashville and being a successful singer/songwriter and her dream came true because she always believed in herself and she wants all children to do the same!
I always like to tell the girls that the books are coming straight from Dolly. Because of our many conversations and, of course, visits to Dollywood, they both know Dolly very well. The fact that they think Dolly sends them a book through the mail every month, with their name on it, means so much to them.
It means a lot to me too. I was able to build a quality collection of children’s books for them and encourage their love of reading. Within each book that is sent to your child, you’ll see an inside flap with a note from Dolly about the program and at the end of the book you’ll find conversation starters and questions that you can use, as the parent, to continue the discussion from the story! I love this – it really encourages reading comprehension and excitement about reading.
I know you’re ready to build up your child’s collection of books so here’s all the information you need for filling your book shelves with amazing quality books! To get started, you can register your child for the Imagination Library. Please keep in mind that although the program has expanded exponentially over the past 20 years, there are still areas that are not covered. Once you register, your child will receive one book per month until their 5th birthday… for FREE!
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