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 2017 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 Boo Morning
Corduroy Goes to the Doctor Where’s My Nose?
*I Love My Mommy Because Whose Baby Am I?
Llama, Llama Nighty Night Winnie-the-Pooh’s Opposites
Look, Look! Sassy: Bedtime for Baby

Children born in 2016 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
Dog Wants to Play Little Poems for Tiny Ears
Sassy: Let’s Count *Sassy: Baby’s First Words
Night-Night Forest Friends *I Love My Daddy  Because
Good Night, Gorilla Little Sleepy Head
Little Cub My Farm Friends


Children born in 2015 receive books that help them understand feelings and resolve issues. Some books may have no words and they can create their own story. 

ABCers *Jake at Gymnastics
Following Papa’s Song My No, No, No Day
*Just One More Maple
I Am a Rainbow Llama, Llama Gram & Grandpa
King Jack & the Dragon Mine-O-Saur
Little Owl’s Night Tomie dePaola’s Mother Goose


Children born in 2014 receive books that are more complex and feature the diversity of others. There are nursery rhymes, poems, and lots of good humor.

*Abuela Extraordinary Jane
I Know a Wee Piggy *Snowy Day
Llama, Llama & the Bully Goat Meet Me at the Moon
Peanut Butter & Cupcake Read to Tiger
Truck Stop Pretend
Ginger Bread Man Loose Max & the Tagalong Moon


Children born in 2013 receive books with more details (hero, complication, resolution) and show that it is okay to be different. Some are funny and playful. 

Runaway Tomato The First Strawberries
*Peace Is an Offering Not Your Typical Dragon
Legend of the Indian Paintbrush or *Oh No Gotta Go Ten Thank-You Letters
Otis & the Puppy Caterina & the Lemonade Stand
The Perfect Present Luke Goes to Bat
Miss Maple’s Seeds Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon

Children born in 2012 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
Mary and Her Little Lamb This Monster Cannot Wait
If I Built a Car or One Cool Friend The Tale of Peter Rabbit

*Bilingual English/Spanish Title

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