The Dolly Parton Imagination Library Gives Out FREE Books!

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Thanks to the Dolly Parton Imagination Library, your child could receive free books! Join this program or start a similar Dolly Parton book club in your area.

A collection of Dolly Parton book club books from Dolly Parton Imagination Library
Credit: Dolly Parton Imagination Library

Attention parents: Don’t miss this amazing freebie!

Do you have a child under the age of 5? If so, they may be eligible to score a brand new, age-appropriate book every month from birth until 5 years of age courtesy of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library!

Since the inception of the program, the Dolly Parton Imagination Library has given out over 201 million books. Currently, 1 in 10 children under the age of 5 in the USA receives books from this program and your child could become one of them.

All you need to do is head over to and enter your country and address to see if this Dolly Parton book club is available in your area. If so, you’ll be able to register your child and start receiving FREE books in the mail each month!

If you sign your child up right at birth, you will end up creating a home library of up to 60 books during their first 5 years of life! 😱 So awesome! Who doesn’t love free books for kids?!

Note that not all areas in the United States participate in Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library program. In order to register a child, you must be their legal guardian. If that’s not you, you can pass this information to the legal guardian to complete the sign up.

Mom and daughter reading Dolly Parton Imagination Library Books
Credit: Dolly Parton Imagination Library

How are the Dolly Parton books chosen? 

The Dolly Parton book club books are all published by Penguin Random House and chosen annually by a Books Selection Committee. These experts use their experience in early years and education to choose age-appropriate books.

Children in the same age range will receive the same book each month. That means if you happen to have twins or triplets, they will receive the same book but will be able to build up their own individual libraries. As some households in the USA speak more than one language, the book list even includes a few selections of bilingual books!

three books sitting on floor

How to start a similar Dolly Parton book club in your area.

Want to bring a similar program to your town? The Dolly Parton Imagination Library is willing to help! They have a plethora of resources to share with you and also a “Regional Director” who can help get the project rolling.

To get started, visit their website to review the costs associated with starting a program. If you’d like to proceed, fill out the Start A Program form on the Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library website. A Regional Director will reach out to you to discuss the next steps.

Girl reading a Dolly Parton book club book from the imagination library
Credit: Dolly Parton Imagination Library

Check out how much readers LOVE this Dolly Parton book program…

“My daughter knows the books are coming and every month she asks me when will her book present be here. They’re great books. Our favorite discovery was the Otis the Tractor series, such cute books. And Bunny’s Library Trip was so cute as well.”

“Both of our boys, ages 3 years and 16 months, LOVE getting their book in the mail every month! Our older son has never been into reading or story time, but this helps make it so much more exciting for him. Our younger son has always loved books and you can tell it makes him feel extra special to get his very own every month. I am so excited to sign our new addition up when they arrive in a few months, too.”

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Comments 10

  1. San

    It’s good to know that such a good program exists, but unfortunately it’s unavailable in our location.

    • Jessica (Hip Sidekick)

      Bummer! Thanks for the feedback availability for your location, San! Hoping it might still arrive in the future! 🤞 You can also click through the link in the post to learn more about starting a similar book club in your area! 📚❤️

  2. jessie

    Dolly is amazing! We love the free books sent out monthly. It’s always a good mail surprise. Thanks Hip2Save

    • Jessica (Hip Sidekick)

      You’re welcome, jessie! So happy to hear you’re loving the free books and program! 📚🤗

  3. siena95

    Bezos just gave her a million dollars I think, still no library here.

  4. Natiera

    If there isn’t a program in your area, the website has information on how to get a program in your area. There wasn’t a program in our area and a local organization got some funding to start it in our neighborhood. The local organization is required to have some of their own funding.

    • Jessica (Hip Sidekick)

      Yes! Thanks for mentioning that, Natiera! We have information on that in the post above. 🤗 So awesome that your area was able to get a similar program started! 📚🙌❤️

  5. Melissa

    I enrolled my grandson when he was born and he’s gotten some of the best books delivered each month. At 18 mos, he adores books so it’s a huge blessing!

  6. Penny Hughes

    Hello, I’m writing in concerns to sending 29 texts to imagination library and I still have not received the answers I’m looking for, I still have not received a book through imagination library for my grandson since I registered him in imagination library August of 2022. There is an affiliate in my area and they have not been able to figure out why I’m facing this huge issue with recieving of books. My registration was excepted, my name , address and phone number is in the system yet nothing continues to move past this point since the very beginning. I loved the idea there was such a wonderful opportunity as to be a part of such an amazing gift as this. I cannot move further without help from the right associate that can , I pray get the ball rolling in our direction. Can you please help, I truly appreciate your reviewing my letter today and am so looking forward to a response from you. Very Sincerely, Penny Hughes

    • Trish (Hip Sidekick)

      Hey there, Penny! I’m so sorry to hear that you have not received any books for your grandson and that the affiliate in your area has not been able to help figure out why. 🤗 I did find this phone number listed for the Dollywood Foundation – 865-428-9606. I would suggest calling them to see if they can point you in the right direction for help with this. Hoping they are able to figure it out soon! 🤞 💕

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