Tennessee Kids Get Free Books Each Month From Birth To Age 5! (UPDATE: Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library Is Now International)

Karly reading to Uncle Jim. Attention all parents in Tennessee:

Did you know that your children can receive FREE books every month?

Yep… all Tennessee kids from birth to age 5!


Dolly Parton Started Something Good

I first heard about this program when I saw Dolly Parton being interviewed about her Imagination Library — a book distribution program she started in 1996.

Dolly Parton's 'Imagination Library' book distribution program.

Initially, Dolly Parton distributed free books to children (birth through age 5) who lived in her county — Sevier County, Tennessee.

In 1999, she extended the opportunity internationally to other communities willing to replicate the Imagination Library program in their own area.

In 2002, Tennessee’s Governor Bredesen pledged to partner with Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library Foundation to help make her effective pre-K literacy program available to all Tennessee children regardless of family income.

Today, most Tennessee counties are included in the program coordinated by the Books From Birth Foundation.

Books From Birth Foundation logo.


Tell your friends in other states about Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, because they can now get free books too!


What Books Do Children Receive?

If you are the parent of a child under 5 and you sign up, then each month a new, carefully selected age-appropriate book will be mailed in your child’s name directly to your home.

A child can enter the program at any time and begin receiving a book every month until their 5th birthday.

Dolly Parton's Imagination Library program logo.

How To Get FREE Books For Your Child

To register your child in the Books From Birth Foundation program in Tennessee, first check to see if your county is listed as having an active program.

Then, sign up here to enroll your child in the program. (This is also the place to request that a program be started in your county, if one is not currently available.)

And if you move, be sure to update your address with the Imagination Library!

For more information, contact the Imagination Library directly at 1-877-99Books.

This is an amazing opportunity for Tennessee kids. Plus, what a great “welcome” gift for new families who move to Tennessee!



UPDATE: Dolly Parton is now issuing Braille books!

Lynnette Walczak

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