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 2018 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 Signs My First Songs
*Baby Sounds Peek A Book Morning
Where’s Ellie Baby! Talk!
*I Love My Mommy Because or Where’s My Nose? Llama, Llama Nighty Night or Look Look!
Whose Baby Am I? Winnie-the-Pooh’s Opposites or Wheels on the Bus
Sassy: Bedtime for Baby Little Gardener

Children born in 2017 receive books that have repetition and predictability. Some show children doing familiar things. Others teach about colors, letters or numbers. 

ABC Look at Me Llama, Llama Red Pajama
Little Bitty Friends Little Poems for Tiny Ears
Sassy: Let’s Count *Sassy: Baby’s First Words
Night-Night Forest Friends *I Love My Daddy  Because or Dog Wants to Play
Good Night, Gorilla Little Sleepy Head
Corduroy: Shapes or Little Cub My Farm Friends

Children born in 2016 receive books that help them understand feelings and resolve issues. Some books may have no words and they can create their own story. 

The Bug Book *Jake at Gymnastics
Following Papa’s Song My No, No, No Day
* I hear a Pickel or *Just One More Llama, Llama Gram & Grandpa or Baking Day at Grandma’s
I Am a Rainbow Maple
King Jack & the Dragon Huey’s: What’s the Opposite
Little Owl’s Night Tomie dePaola’s Mother Goose

Children born in 2015 receive books that are more complex and feature the diversity of others. There are nursery rhymes, poems, and lots of good humor.

*Abuela Chimpanzee for Tea or Peanut Butter & Cupcake
Home for a Bunny *Snowy Day
Llama, Llama & the Bully Goat Meet Me at the Moon
 Old Bear and His Cub Read to Tiger
Truck Stop Pretend
Ginger Bread Man Loose on the Fire Truck Max & the Tagalong Moon

Children born in 2014 receive books with more details (hero, complication, resolution) and show that it is okay to be different. Some are funny and playful. 

*On No, Gotta Go The First Strawberries
*Peace Is an Offering or Not Your Typical Dragon Lion Lessons or Caterina and the Lemonade Stand
Otis & the Kitten or Otis & the Puppy Excellent Ed or Runaway Tomato
Ten Thank You Letters Plenty of Love to Go Around
The Perfect Present Coat of Many Colors
Miss Maple’s Seeds Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon

Children born in 2013 receive folk tales, non-fiction science books, rhymes and poetry. Other stories address school preparation and readiness. 

*Hooray, a Pinata *Owl Moon
As an Oak Tree Grows Tarra & Bella
Betty Bunny Didn’t Do It Last Stop on Market Street
Fly Butterfly The Gruffalo
Violet the Pilot The Tale of Peter Rabbit
If I Built a Car or One Cool Friend

*Bilingual English/Spanish Title

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