Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library can help support children’s early literacy and language development by providing a FREE book every month for children from birth to age 5. Build the early literacy skills that are important for success in school and create a bond with your child that will last a lifetime. This is more than just books, it is an investment of time in your child’s growth.
In 1996, Dolly Parton launched the Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library to benefit the children of her home county in Tennessee. Dolly’s vision was to foster a love of reading among her county’s preschool children and their families by providing them with the gift of a specially selected book each month. By mailing high quality, age-appropriate books directly to their homes, she wanted children to be excited about books and feel the magic that books can create. This program is now worldwide.
Kids Can Fly’s Goal
The foundations of literacy and learning are laid from infancy to school age when the brain undergoes its most dramatic development. During these first 5 years, children acquire the ability to think, speak, learn, and reason. Parents play a critical role in the development of communication and early literacy skills.
The research is clear on the benefits of reading aloud to children at an early age, and the Imagination Library can complement and support all school-based improvement efforts by proactively engaging preschool children and their families to address a root cause of low student achievement and PREVENT the achievement gap before it occurs.
We hope that…
- Every child will develop a healthy love of reading, have a wide vocabulary, and begin school with the early literacy skills that are important for academic success.
- All parents will understand their crucial role to in building their children’s early literacy and language development.
- The parent-child bond will be strengthened through the regular reading of books in the home.
“My two year old daughter is so excited to receive a book that’s just for her in the mail each month. We read these new stories every night at bedtime. I know this program, and my reading to her daily, is a success when she happily runs to her book shelf every night to pick her bedtime stories and when I find her “reading” to herself or her baby dolls. She points and tells me what she sees in the pictures. The beginning steps of literacy are so exciting to see as a parent!”
Brantford/Brant County currently has a waitlist to receive books, but is taking new registrations. Current registrations will continue uninterrupted.
To be added to the waitlist, please complete the printable registration form available at the link below, or contact our Program Administrator by email:
Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library Program Administrator
Manage Your Imagination Library Account
Manage your Imagination Library account or change your mailing address by visiting the Parent Area at the link below.
Planning on moving? Need to update your address? Login by entering your login name and password. If you don’t remember your password, click the Login Recovery link under the form and follow the instructions.
A special thank you to funders SC Johnson, County of Brant Grants, and Brant United Way.
Thank you for making Brantford and Brant a great community to raise a family!
Kids Can Fly is a registered charity – Registration # 884476904 RR0001
To learn more about Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, visit www.ca.imaginationlibrary.com