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 2020 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
Where’s Ellie Pudgy Book of Mother Goose
*I Love My Mommy Because Look at the Animals
Wheels on the Bus Who Says Quack?
Sassy: Bedtime for Baby

Children born in 2019 receive books that have repetition and predictability. Some show children doing familiar things. Others teach about colors, letters or numbers. 

Animals (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 When the Elephant Walks
Corduroy: Shapes Vehicles (Picture Show)


Children born in 2018 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 Baking Day at Grandma’s
Squeak! There’s a Hole in the Bottom of the Lake
Little Excavator Red House, Tree House, Little Bitty Brown Mouse
Play With Me


Children born in 2017 receive books that are more complex and feature the diversity of others. There are nursery rhymes, poems, and lots of good humor.

*I Just Want to Say Goodnight Daniel’s Good Day
I Wonder (or) Hair Love *Snowy Day
My Dog Laughs Edie Is Ever So Helpful
The Rabbit Listened The Spiffiest Giant in Town
Goodnight, Numbers Max & the Tagalong Moon
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Corduroy Takes a Bow


Children born in 2016 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 The First Strawberries
The Night is Yours Goldilocks and The Three Bears
Pup and Bear Bunny’s Book Club
Raccoon on His Own At the Mountain’s BaseLlama, Llama Loves to Read
The Ring Bearer *Coat of Many Colors
A Father’s Love

Children born in 2015 receive folk tales, non-fiction science books, rhymes and poetry. Other stories address school preparation and readiness. 

Violet the Pilot Thank you, World
Spend It! Daniel Finds a Poem
*Blue Sky White Stars Last Stop on Market Street
Fly, Butterfly Carl and the Meaning of Life
My Papa Has a Motorcycle The Tale of Peter Rabbit
Owl Moon Max Explains Everything: Soccer Expert

*Bilingual English/Spanish Title

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