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.

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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. Need to change my kids address so they will still receive books.
    Dalton and Delanie Bryant are twins and no longer live at 1001 Ashwood Dr
    My. Juliet ten
    NEW address
    7707 Millie Louise Ct
    Fairview ten 37062
    DOB-8/12/18 thank you

    1. You need to contact Dolly Parton Imagination Library. This is only an informational post. I’m not affiliated with them at all.

    1. I’m not sure. You would need to contact Dolly Imagination Library to make that suggestion. This post is for information purposes only.

    1. I’m not sure. I would contact the Dolly Parton Imagination Library and ask.

    1. You would need to contact Dolly Parton Imagination Library. This article is for informational purposes only as we are not affiliated with the program.

  2. I would like to thank you from my heart for sending books to kids. My grandkids love books and if you could only see the big smiles every night when their parents read the books. God Bless You

    1. Hi Barbara, I’m not affiliated with the Dolly Parton Book Club. This post was simply for informational purposes. I did link the proper website in the post where you can check to see if it is in your area and enroll. I edited your comment to remove the address since this is a public platform to protect your privacy.

  3. Trying to get my grandson signed up the website will not load. Had several others to try same thing.

    1. This site is loading okay right now. I am not affiliated with Dolly Parton Library Book Club, this post was for informational purposes only. You would need to go to the Imagination Library site to sign up.

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