Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library of United Kingdom is a free book gifting organisation devoted to inspiring a love of reading in the hearts of children everywhere. Each month, enrolled children receive a high quality, age appropriate book in the post, free of charge. Children receive books from birth to age five.
In December of 2007, Dolly Parton traveled to London, England for a special announcement about her Imagination Library. To celebrate the programme’s launch in the United Kingdom, a group of school children gathered on the steps of the Savoy Hotel to sing Dolly’s song “I Believe in You.” The Imagination Library’s coverage in the UK includes England, Northern Ireland and Scotland.
Book selections in the UK include popular characters such as Peppa Pig and beloved authors and illustrators including Lynley Dodd. Additionally, Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) assists in the conversion of select titles to braille and audio books for children in the United Kingdom who are blind or partially sighted.
Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library puts books into the hands and hearts of children around the world. Imagination Library books are specially selected age-appropriate, high-quality titles. These books are delivered to registered children each month from birth to age five. Each one is personalized with the child’s name and mailed directly to the child’s home. This effort creates a gifting experience making books exciting and shows the child someone is thinking of them. Additionally, the Book Selection Committee will choose titles with content representative of UK readers featuring beloved characters and iconic authors. All of the following books are published by Penguin Random House UK.
The first book a child receives is “The Tale of Peter Rabbit” (customized version). The month a child turns five years old, they will receive “Just Imagine” (customized version).