Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is now Available to ALL Missouri Children!

From the ages of birth to five, registered children receive a free book each month. To learn more and register, visit


We invite you to share this exciting news with friends and family who have children under the age of 5 so that they can start receiving books every month.

The Missouri Imagination Library was made possible by legislation (Section 178.694 RSMo) identifying school districts as the local partners for this initiative. Full funding was included in DESE’s Fiscal Year 2024 budget to establish and administer Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library for all children in Missouri aged 0 – 5. There is no cost to parents or schools for the books or the postage. 

About Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library

Since launching in 1995, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library has become the preeminent early childhood book gifting program in the world. The flagship program of The Dollywood Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, has gifted over 200 million free books in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, and The Republic of Ireland. This is achieved through funding shared by The Dollywood Foundation and Local Program Partners. The Imagination Library mails more than 2 million high-quality, age-appropriate books each month to enrolled children from birth to age five. Dolly envisioned creating a lifelong love of reading and inspiring children to Dream More, Learn More, Care More, and Be More®.

The program has been widely researched and results demonstrate the positive impact on early childhood development and literacy skills. Penguin Random House is the exclusive publisher of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library.

For more information, please visit

If you need assistance signing up online, please ask one of our friendly staff members and we will be happy to help!

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