Dolly Parton Book Club: Imagination Library

The Dolly Parton book club called the Imagination Library sends high-quality children’s books to preschoolers. The mission of the Dolly Parton Imagination Library is to inspire children to Dream More, Care More, and Be More with the hopes of a better future.

Dolly Parton books from imagination library on a table

Did you know it’s possible to get your little one’s new books each month FREE?  With this Dolly Parton free books program called “Imagination Library,” – your child can receive a FREE book in the mail each month from birth through age 5! This is an awesome program to get great books into the hands of families everywhere – here’s how to register your child for the Dolly Parton Book Club.

What is the Dolly Parton Imagination Library Program?

Dolly Parton Imagination Library is a program that was started in Sevier County, Tennessee, Dolly’s hometown, in 1995. The book program mails FREE books to children each month from birth to age five. These are high-quality, age-appropriate books chosen by experts. Dolly’s dream was to foster a life-long love of reading and better prepare children for school.

Over one million free books are mailed out monthly to registered children in the United States, Australia, Canada, the Republic of Ireland, and the United Kingdom. Dolly herself takes great pride in the program and is known by kids worldwide as the “Book Lady.” The exclusive publisher of the program is Penguin Random House.


How to Register Child for Dolly Parton Imagination Library?

You’ll need to check the availability in your area by entering your country and postal code. If available in your area, you are given three options to register: online, by mail, or on location. Simply follow the instructions for registration.

Pile of books for children from Dolly Parton Book club

How to Start Dolly Parton Imagination Library?

If the Dolly Parton Imagination Library is not available in your area, consider starting a chapter. Visit the “How to Start a Progam” section of the website for more information. You can find details on how the program works and how to get started. Becoming an affiliate is a three-step process that includes Do I Want This, Putting the Pieces in Place, and Make Final Preparations and Launch. Each step is detailed on the website.


Is the Dolly Parton Imagination Library Free?

The Dolly Parton Book Club is free for children under the age of five. There are also great online resources for parents that include reading activities, success stories, and important information about the program. The program is funded through other Local affiliates, partners, and nonprofits who believe books foster the love of reading. This program costs nothing to families who participate.

Dolly Parton Free Books on a white background

How Does Dolly Parton Imagination Library Work?

The Imagination Library is a free book program. It mails your child a free, high-quality book from birth until age five every month. Go online and register your child to receive their monthly book. Each month your child will receive a brand new book in the mail addressed directly to your little one. This becomes a fun time to check the mailbox for a new book each month. You can find the registration form here.


Where is Dolly Parton Imagination Library available?

You can check if the program is available in your area by going to Find My Program. The program spans a much larger footprint than when it first started in Dolly’s native Sevier county. If it is not available, simply sign up to receive information when it is available in your home county. You can even visit Start A Program to help bring the program to yours and other children in your area. The program is are available in communities in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Republic of Ireland, and Australia. As of October 2021, more than 168 million books have been gifted.


How Long Does it Take to Get books from Imagination Library?

Be patient; it can take up to 6-8 weeks after you register to receive your child’s first book. Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library takes about 6 weeks to process your request before mailing to children’s homes. The really cool thing is that Penguin Books USA prints books just for this program every month.

free books from Dolly Parton imagination library

Dolly Parton Imagination Library Book List

The Blue Ribbon Book Selection Committee chooses the Dolly Parton Imagination Library booklist to ensure children’s best. Here is the current age-appropriate book list for children based on the year they are born, regardless of the family’s income. Some of the most popular books include “Llama, Llama Red Pajama,” “I Am a Rainbow,” and “The Very Hungry Caterpillar.” The book list may change each year.

The child’s first book is “The Little Engine that Could.” Some of the most popular books are still being mailed to children. The high-quality books are chosen carefully for each age group. By the time children age out of the program, they will have their own library of books.

Awards & Acknowledgments

This Dolly Parton Book Club is an amazing fit for the community. It enriches the lives of preschool children regardless of the family’s income, together with the help of local affiliates and community partners. The program has received many awards and acknowledgments, such as the Best Practices award from the Library of Congress Literacy Awards (2014), recognition in Reading Psychology (2012), and the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval (2001)

collage of books from Dolly Parton imagination library book club


    1. I enrolled my grandson when he was first born June 14, 2917. He has never received a book as of yet. His sister has and she is 4 years old. I have tried to get in contact with someone to no avail. If you can help me I will be so happy.
      Thank you,

    2. I and my grandson’s mom signed him up last year when he was born. We are both educators who have pushed the program to our parents for years. We finally have a child, sign him up and received 1 book since February of this year. We we’re also unable to contact anyone directly affiliated with the organization after several attempts. We finally gave up. Sorry you had this experience and hope you get it resolved. It’s a great organization. We are just casualties in the process. Sharon

    1. i cant get my girls signed up they are 10 and 7 and love to read can someone help me please

  1. Keeps saying it’s unavailable in my area. I have 2 foster children that would get a lot of use out of this program. We read them stories every night at bed time. I’m trying to build a nice selection so as they get older they can choose. They are 1yr and 2 yr right now. This could be something they look forward to every month in the mail as well.

    1. Do you still have foster children? I would be happy to send you some books! I am teacher I would be happy to send some your way.

    2. I would really love to have so books for my twins if you still have them they are 4 years old and they love to be read to but they don’t really have a lot of a selection and when they get older as well if you still have them

  2. I have several grandchildren that would benefit from this. One child gets a book maybe 3 times a year. Not monthly. When i try to enroll it says not in our area but the other grandchild that gets books is in same area.

    1. I’m moving and would like to know how to do a change of address my son loves every book he has received this far. Thank you!!

    1. I would like to recove Dollys books for my grandbabies, I have a 2 year old and a 3 year old.

    2. You need to contact Dolly Parton Imagination Library. This post is just a summary of what they offer and we are not in any way affiliated with them.

  3. I sent the application off last year and my son hasn’t received anything in the mail. He is 5 years old now. i would like to know why.

    1. Hi Candace, you need to contact Dolly Parton Imagination Library program. This is just an informational post and I am not affiliated with them.

  4. I want to sign up my great granddaughter. She will turn one in a month. I am not computer literate. Can you help me , please

    1. You need to contact Dolly Parton Imagination Library. We are not affiliated with them and cannot order books for you. Thanks!

  5. Q. My grandchild, niece or nephew lives in the qualifying area – can I sign them up to receive books through Imagination Library?

    A parent or guardian must sign the registrations form for Imagination Library. If a grandparent, aunt or uncle completes the form, they must have a parent’s signature on the form. We encourage parents to complete the form directly, however.

    1. You need to contact the Dolly Parton Imagination Library directly. I am not affiliated in any way. My post simply passed on information.

  6. I have a grandson who qualifies for these books. Could I ease get started in this program? Thank you

    1. Hi Emma, you would need to contact Dolly Parton Imagination Library program. This post was written for informational content only.

    1. Please contact Dolly Parton Imagination Library to sign up. This post is just informational in nature, and I am not affiliated with Dolly Parton Imagination Library.

    1. Hi! There are instructions in this post as well as a link to their website. I am not affiliated with Dolly Parton Imagination Library. This post was only for info.

  7. We have tried to sign up a child to the book program. First checking my great grand son address with zip code 60585 , then my daughter zip code 60564, and then my zip code 61201. All came back as “not in your area”. Is Illinois not participating in this wonderful book offer?

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