Reading books at an early age can help set children up for success when they start school. What better way to inspire young kids to read than with free books? Thanks to Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library now kids across the state of California will have access to free children’s books every month.
Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library Comes to California
California Governor Gavin Newsom and his partner, Jennifer Siebel Newsom, announced that California is launching the statewide expansion of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. The program provides free books to children under five years old. Since its inception in 1995, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library has gifted over 200 million books to children across the country. While the program is already in place in several California counties, it will now be available in all 58 counties making it the largest statewide Imagination Library in the nation.
“I’m so thrilled at the overwhelming support to make my Imagination Library available to every child in California!” Dolly Parton said in a press statement.
“I want to thank Senator Shannon Grove and Senator Toni Atkins for inspiring tremendous support from California legislators and Governor Gavin Newsom for enthusiastically signing this bill. Today is an amazing milestone for children and families across the state! We still have a lot of work to do, but together we can inspire a love of reading in children across California that will last a lifetime.”
How the Imagination Library Works
Eligible children can sign up for the program on the Imagination Library website. Once registered they will receive one new book each month delivered straight to their home. The program will roll out across California over the next five years, with access in all counties available by 2028.