Dolly Parton, a name synonymous with country music, has also become a beacon of hope and inspiration in the realm of early childhood education through her remarkable initiative, the Dolly Parton Imagination Library. Established in 1995, this program has had a profound impact on countless children around the world by fostering a love for reading from an early age.

Achievements and Impact

Since its inception, the Imagination Library has grown exponentially. Here are some key achievements:

  • Global Reach: The program started in Sevier County, Tennessee, and has since expanded to the rest of the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, and Ireland.
  • Books Distributed: As of 2024, the Imagination Library has gifted over 200 million books to children around the world.
  • Educational Impact: Studies have shown that children who participate in the Imagination Library are better prepared for school, exhibit improved literacy skills, and have a greater love for reading.

Why Reading to Children Matters

Reading to children from an early age is crucial for their development. Here are some reasons why:

  • Language Development: Reading helps children develop language skills by exposing them to a rich vocabulary and different sentence structures.
  • Cognitive Skills: It enhances cognitive development by stimulating imagination and critical thinking.
  • Emotional Bonding: Reading together strengthens the emotional bond between parents and children.
  • Academic Success: Early exposure to books is linked to higher academic achievement in later years.

To further illustrate the importance of reading to children and to provide practical tips, we have embedded the following video:

1. Reading to Kids | United Way Australia

Language other than English at Home?

Click here to learn some great tips on how to read to your child at home, this includes other languages.

2024 Reading List

The 2024 Reading list is now available and can be viewed/downloaded by clicking here.


The Dolly Parton Imagination Library stands as a testament to the transformative power of books and the enduring impact of early childhood education. By providing free books to millions of children worldwide, it has not only promoted literacy but also nurtured a love for reading that can last a lifetime. As we continue to support and participate in initiatives like the Imagination Library, we can help pave the way for a brighter, more literate future for our children.

Whether you’re a parent, educator, or simply a book lover, we hope you find inspiration in the Imagination Library and the resources provided. Let’s continue to read, learn, and grow together!

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