If you have a child between the ages of 0-5, did you know that there is a program out there that will send your child a FREE book every month? That’s right, the books are absolutely free. All you have to do is sign up!

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is a nonprofit organization that has been working with local sponsors throughout the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom since 1996 to provide free books for children.


  1. Go to the Imagination Library website to see if there is an affiliate in your area. If there is not, you can go here to learn about the steps involved in bringing the program to your community.
  2. Enroll your eligible children. You will need to provide their birthday, gender, and address. If you have multiple eligible children, you can sign each of them up.
  3.  Get your books! It’s that simple. Every month, each of your enrolled children will receive one book in the mail. The first one will be The Little Engine That Could and the last is Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come. (If you have multiple children participating in the program, the extras make great gifts or donations.)


  • The books are selected by a Library Committee each year. Books are selected to be age-appropriate and to foster a love of reading and learning.
  • If you have multiple children enrolled in the program, they will not receive the same books, except for The Little Engine That Could and Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come. All the other books they receive will be different.
  • The books have the Imagination Library logo on them but are otherwise the same books you can purchase in your local bookstore or on Amazon. Some of my girls’ favorites have been Ladybug Girl and Bumblebee Boy, Tiger Can’t Sleep, and Pigs Love Potatoes.
  • The Imagination Library offers 6-10 bilingual titles per year.

My girls are so excited whenever they see they’ve received a new Imagination Library book in the mailbox. We always have to drop whatever it is we’re doing and read it right away! The books have helped teach letters, numbers, colors, and shapes to my children and are making great early readers for my 5-year-old. If your community offers this fantastic program, sign up your children today!

This has been a guest post by Lauren from Brentwood, TN
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