Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library: The Books

The first book children enrolled in the program are mailed is The Little Engine That Could. After this introductory title, they are sent a new, age-appropriate book each month until the month they turn five. Representative titles are listed below. The very last book is Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come! 

Children born in 2021 receive books that are bright, with big drawings, and colorful. Some are board books, but all are simple, easy to use, with minimal text.

Baby! Talk! Pudgy Pat-a-Cake Book
*Baby Sounds I Love You, Spot
Look at the Animals Pudgy Book of Mother Goose
*I Love My Mommy Because Llama Llama Hide & Seek
Pudgy Peek-a-boo Book Who Says Quack?
Sassy: Bedtime for Baby Night-Night Forest Friends

Children born in 2020 receive books that have repetition and predictability. Some show children doing familiar things. Others teach about colors, letters or numbers. 

Vehicles (Picture Show) Llama, Llama Red Pajama
The Home Builders Little Poems for Tiny Ears
Sassy: Let’s Count *Sassy: Baby’s First Words
Good Morning Farm Friends *I Love My Daddy  Because
Good Night, Gorilla Where Is Your Nose?
Corduroy: Shapes Sleep Tight with the Very Hungry Caterpillar


Children born in 2019 receive books that help them understand feelings and resolve issues. Some books may have no words and they can create their own story. 

Just Like My Brother Shh! Bears Sleeping
Sleep Train One Leaf, Two Leaves, Count with Me!
* I Hear a Pickle Just Like My Brother
Squeak! There’s a Hole in the Bottom of the Lake
Little Excavator Red House, Tree House, Little Bitty Brown Mouse
Play With Me I Am a Rainbow


Children born in 2018 receive books that are more complex and feature the diversity of others. There are nursery rhymes, poems, and lots of good humor.

Police Officers on Patrol Play with Clay
*Baby Builders *Snowy Day
My Dog Laughs The Three Little Pigs
The Rabbit Listened A Story for Small Bear
Goodnight, Numbers Max & the Tagalong Moon
Hair Love *Families Belong


Children born in 2017 receive books with more details (hero, complication, resolution) and show that it is okay to be different. Some are funny and playful. 

Milo’s Hat Trick *Brick by Brick
Find Fergus Goldilocks and The Three Bears
When the Storm Comes Llama Llama Loves to Read
Raccoon on His Own The Beach Is Loud!
The Ring Bearer *Coat of Many Colors
The First Strawberries The Night Is Yours

Children born in 2016 receive folk tales, non-fiction science books, rhymes and poetry. Other stories address school preparation and readiness. 

Violet the Pilot Old Rock (is not boring)
Spend It! Daniel Finds a Poem
*Blue Sky White Stars Last Stop on Market Street
At Mountain’s Base First Day Critter Jitteries
*My Papa Has a Motorcycle The Tale of Peter Rabbit
  Max Explains Everything: Soccer Expert

*Bilingual English/Spanish Title

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