Give the Gift of Reading to Tennessee Children this Holiday Season

Sunday, December 12, 2010 | 6:00pm
Gifts of $12 or More to your Local County's Imagination Library Can be Made in Honor of Someone You Love: Funds Books for an Entire Year to a Preschooler in Your County 
NASHVILLE- With the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, Tennesseans are looking for the perfect gift. Instead of waiting in long lines this year, you can simply gift the gift of school readiness and learning by the click of a button at and the Governor’s Books from Birth Foundation will send him/her a letter acknowledging your gift and his/her honor.
Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library was created in 1996 by Dolly Parton as a gift to the children in her hometown of Sevierville and was later expanded to the entire state with the creation of the Governor’s Books from Birth Foundation. Just $24 annually provides for the purchase and delivery of 12 books to one child. This cost is split evenly between a non-profit sponsoring organization in every county, and a state budgetary allocation administered by the Governor’s Books from Birth Foundation.  Therefore, every dollar you donate to your local county's Imagination Library is matched dollar for dollar.
Currently, 57 percent of all children birth to five are registered in the Imagination Library and are receiving free books in the mail. More than 188,000 Tennessee five-year-olds have already graduated from the program. The statewide program has helped deliver more than 11 million books to children since the creation of the Governor’s Books from Birth Foundation in 2004.
A recent study conducted by the Tennessee Board of Regents shows that pre-k and kindergarten teachers alike overwhelmingly affirm children who received books from Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library perform “better than expected” compared with children who had are not enrolled in the program.
Here's what parents are saying about Dolly Parton's Imagination Library:
Nathaniel is three months old and loves reading. Thanks Imagination Library, I can't wait to see what his next book is gonna be."-Kimberly Kaufman, Memphis
My biggest moment came last week. My daughter got her LAST book since she turned 5 last week and my son got his FIRST book the same day. It was overwhelming at how fast she is growing but warming that my son is just starting." -Ginger Wright, Johnson City
“Both of my girls loved getting a new book every month. My oldest is now in kindergarten and no longer receives one. Our copy of "Llama, Llama Red Pajama" was a favorite for a very long time, and eventually none of us needed to read it because it was memorized.” –Jennifer Houchin, Nashville
To make a donation to fund books for a child or enroll your child in Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, visit
About the GBBF:
The Governor’s Books from Birth Foundation® was established in 2004 by Gov. Phil Bredesen and currently serves Imagination Library organizers in all 95 counties by providing fund-raising, public relations, and other support.  
To learn how to support your county’s Imagination Library program, or for information on how to register a child, visit or call toll-free, 1-877-99-BOOKS.

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