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 2019 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
*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 2018 receive books that have repetition and predictability. Some show children doing familiar things. Others teach about colors, letters or numbers. 

Clap Your Hands Llama, Llama Red Pajama
Road 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 Oliver’s Tree


Children born in 2017 receive books that help them understand feelings and resolve issues. Some books may have no words and they can create their own story. 

If I Were a Kangaroo Shh! Bears Sleeping
Sleep Train One Leaf, Two Leaves…..Count with Me
* I Hear a Pickle Baking Day at Grandma’s
I Am a Rainbow There’s a Hole in the Bottom of the Lake
Little Excavator Tomorrow I’ll Be Brave
Dog’s Colorful Day


Children born in 2016 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 Edie Is Ever So Helpful
The Rabbit Listened With Any Luck I’ll Drive a Truck
Goodnight Numbers Max & the Tagalong Moon
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Silly Goose’s Big Story


Children born in 2015 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
Run Wild Llama, Llama Loves to Read
The Ring Bearer *Coat of Many Colors
Miss Maple’s Seeds Ladybug Girl & the Rescue Dog

Children born in 2014 receive folk tales, non-fiction science books, rhymes and poetry. Other stories address school preparation and readiness. 

*Hooray, a Pinata Brother Eagle, Sister Sky
Eat Pete Daniel Finds a Poem
*Blue Sky White Stars Last Stop on Market Street
Fly Butterfly This Monster Cannot Wait
The Gruffalo The Tale of Peter Rabbit
Owl Moon

*Bilingual English/Spanish Title

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