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Reading Begins at Birth

We know that reading begins at birth, and the benefits of a home library go far beyond the simple act of reading. Research proves reading at home fosters a love of reading, kindergarten readiness, and social & emotional intelligence.

By providing books every month at no cost to families, the Imagination Library increases childhood literacy rates, fosters a love of books, and promotes a culture of reading among all families in Colorado.

Dolly Parton's Imagination Library: loved by families, validated by research  


Learn how you can launch an affiliate in your county


Support our program expansion & ensure every child in Colorado has access to a home library 


Why books at birth increases kindergarten readiness 


Enroll your child in Dolly Parton's Imagination Library today

Dolly Parton's Imagination Library in Colorado 

  • 55,000+ Colorado children receive a book each month.

  • Imagination Library's first local affiliate launched in Colorado in 2005. There are now 51 nonprofit partner organizations all across Colorado.

  • 200 Million books & counting have been delivered to young children since 1996.

  • Receiving books in the mail is a simple & effective way to create excitement around books.

  • Children participating in DPIL are 30% more likely to start school kindergarten-ready.

  • Currently, Colorado has 30 local affiliate programs serving 25 counties.

  • Almost 20% of books mailed each year are either fully bilingual in English & Spanish or have
    Spanish language content.  More Spanish content is on the way soon!

  • Imagination Library books are specially selected age-appropriate, high-quality titles.

  • Our books are delivered to registered children each month from birth to the month of their fifth birthday.

  • Each book is personalized with the child’s name and mailed directly to the child’s home.

  • This creates a gifting experience, making books exciting, showing the child someone is thinking of them. 

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