Earlier this month, my youngest turned 5. It was a birthday to mark many milestones. The most bittersweet of these milestones was him aging out of the Imagination Library.
If you haven’t heard about Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library yet, let me tell you! This has hands down been one of the best things I have ever signed up for. If you have a child under 5, do yourself a favor and check it out.
The Imagination Library, for those who don’t know, is a free program that gifts books to children up to 5 years of age. Once a month, an age appropriate book is mailed right to you. Dolly Parton started this program 25 years ago in her home county to help combat illiteracy and plant a love of reading in children, no matter their socioeconomic status.
We read books daily at our house, so the Imagination Library has been a wonderful help in providing new stories for our ever-growing collection. The stories that come are wonderful, and many have quickly become my son’s favorites. There have been books to help us with every stage of his young life. Books on colors, books about opposite words, books about friendships, we’ve received such a variety.
One written by Dolly herself, called I Am A Rainbow, was a God-send for helping my kiddo learn about his emotions. The last book is all about the upcoming adventure of kindergarten.
Our family is so thankful to have been a part of this amazing program for the past 5 years. Each book has been another adventure to add to my child’s wild and limitless imagination. Thank you, Dolly, for giving us this opportunity.