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2015 Imagination Library Book Selections announced

Published February 10, 2015 / Last Updated May 11, 2016
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Team Dolly is a collaboration of writers, editors, and publishers assembled by Dolly Parton Productions. Each member is dedicated to accurately publishing the latest news and historical archives of the living legend that is Dolly Rebecca Parton.

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Senior Editor - Amanda Webb
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Imagination Library announces 2015 Book Selections for Australia, Canada, United Kingdom and the United States

Each year, the esteemed Book Selection Committee, a specially selected panel of early childhood literacy experts, is responsible for reviewing hundreds of potential titles for inclusion in Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. With the new year’s list curated, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is proud to announce the Australian Book List (Australia), the Gold Medal Book Selections (United Kingdom) and the Blue Ribbon Book Selections (United States & Canada). When asked about this year’s selections Dolly said,

“My commitment to kids has always been to deliver the very best books right to their doorstep and last year we put over 9 million books in the hands of children and their families. Of course, none of this would be possible without the contributions of these talented authors, illustrators and the hundreds of local partners who love kids as much as I do.”

Since launching in 1995, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library has become the premiere early childhood book gifting program in the world by mailing over 66 million books in Australia, Canada, United Kingdom and the United States. Currently the program mails over 820,000 specially selected, age-appropriate books monthly to registered children from birth to age five.

In 2015, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library will mail over 9.5 million books to hundreds of thousands of children across four countries. Recent studies suggest participation in the Imagination Library program is positively and significantly associated with higher measures of early language and math development.

2015 Australian Book List – Australia
2015 Gold Medal Selection List – United Kingdom
2015 Blue Ribbon Book Selections – United States & Canada

Team Dolly2015 Imagination Library Book Selections announced

Dolly’s Imagination Library expands to Australia

Published May 1, 2013 / Last Updated August 23, 2015
Team Dolly

Team Dolly

Team Dolly is a collaboration of writers, editors, and publishers assembled by Dolly Parton Productions. Each member is dedicated to accurately publishing the latest news and historical archives of the living legend that is Dolly Rebecca Parton.

Managing Editor - Jacob Timmons
Creative Director - Sarah Chapman
Senior Editor - Amanda Webb
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Imagination Library finds its way Down Under as the program expands to Australia

During the first week of May, thanks to the efforts of the United Way, Dolly’s Imagination Library became available in Australia.
With the expansion, Australia becomes the fourth nation and third continent to join the Imagination Library. Queensland, was the first Aussie community to register children for the program.

It has been suggested in recent publications, that Dolly’s Imagination Library might just be her most lasting legacy. The PBS program “NewsHour” featured an interview via “Learning Matters” and Dolly spoke at length of her early childhood literacy dream turned reality.

Imagination Library continued to expand stateside as well. In North Dakota, First Lady Betsy Dalrymple continued her support of the program. In Mississippi, the Power of the Purse fund-raising effort by the United Way of East Mississippi collected enough funds to mail books to 1,000 children a year. In Maryland, “The Delmarva Times” profiles the state’s second chapter of the project, sponsored by the United Way of the Lower Eastern Shore. In Missouri, the literacy project will integrate Imagination Library into the Kansas City, North Kansas City, Independence, Shawnee Mission and Center school districts through the United Way of Greater Kansas City’s Women’s Leadership Council.

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