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! Talk! My First Songs
*Baby Sounds I Love You, Spot
Where’s Ellie Little Gardener
*I Love My Mommy Because Look Look!
Wheels on the Bus Winnie-the-Pooh’s Opposites
Sassy: Bedtime for Baby

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
Littles & How They Grow 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
Corduroy: Shapes Oliver’s Tree

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 One Leaf, Two Leaves…..Count with Me
* I Hear a Pickle Baking Day at Grandma’s
I Am a Rainbow Maple
Little Excavator 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.

*I Just Want to Say Goodnight Chimpanzee for Tea
Philomena’s New Glasses *Snowy Day
The Giant Jumparee Meet Me at the Moon
 Pass It On Read to Tiger
Goodnight Numbers 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. 

Excellent Ed The First Strawberries
*Peace Is an Offering Lion Lessons
Otis & the Kittens Bunny’s Book Club
Ten Thank You Letters Lily’s Cat Mask
Pup & Bear *Coat of Many Colors
Miss Maple’s Seeds The Ring Bearer

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
*Blue Sky White Stars Last Stop on Market Street
Fly Butterfly The Gruffalo
Violet the Pilot The Tale of Peter Rabbit

*Bilingual English/Spanish Title

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