Dolly Parton's Imagination Library was started as a way to get quality books into the homes of children and foster an early love of reading and learning.
Children under the age of 5, who live in participating areas, are eligible to receive a free book every month through their 5th birthday.
I looked into it a couple times, but it was never available in our area. Then it happened. I saw an announcement on a local homeschool group's Facebook page that the program had found a sponsor and was available locally. Elliott has aged out of the program, but Emory and Eleanor are eligible so I immediately signed them up!
I registered at the very end of February, and we received our welcome book, The Little Engine that Could by Watty Piper, in April.
After that, children receive their monthly book based on their age group. You can read the full list of Themes & Concepts by year, as they try to send developmentally appropriate books. This means we'll receive two different books each month until Emory ages out of the program (he still has more than a year left), and of course Eleanor has quite a few free books coming her way!
I can sign in to my account to see what book titles are scheduled to ship each month. For May, Eleanor's age group is scheduled to receive My First Songs, and I assume it is the board book by Tomie dePaola. Emory should receive Grandfather Buffalo by Jim Arnosky.
I've looked over some of the titles in the past, and some are classics, while some are new to me. I am excited that I have a way to easily discover new-to-me authors and books, and add to our personal library for free!
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