All In For Kansas Kids text logo with yellow star in the upper right.

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library

More from the Children’s Cabinet

  • 2021 Kindergart…
    2021 Kindergarten Readiness Quality Subgrants recipients close the gap for local communities seeking comprehensive and strategic support for Pre-K children. Improving the rates of kindergarten readiness requires coordinated and accessible services and opportunities that empower and engage community members. […]
  • Ensuring play s…
    The Kansas Children’s Discovery Center’s Rural Discovery Play Space Project used a collaborative and community-based approach to construct an educational play area in Marysville, Kansas. […]
  • Early Childhood…
    On January 21, groups from the Kansas Early Childhood Governance System presented highlights including progress to date, goals for 2022, and discuss opportunities to work together to accomplish the goals of the All in for Kansas Kids Strategic Plan. […]
  • Progress for Ki…
  • Connecting rura…

Kansas Kicks Off Statewide Expansion

Governor Laura Kelly, Representative Troy Waymaster and the Kansas Children’s Cabinet and Trust Fund joined American icon Dolly Parton to announce the statewide expansion of her namesake Imagination Library book gifting program. Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is dedicated to inspiring a love of reading by gifting books to children (0-5 years old), free of charge through funding shared by local community partners.

In year one of the expansion Kansas will form partnerships with community partners and provide start-up funding.

Read more about year one in Governor Kelly’s news release.

Register your child in Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library

Check to see if there is a current program in your area. Year one is a year of growth. We have a number of established programs across the state and are adding new affiliates all of the time. Continue to check as we expand programs across the state!

Become a local partner and bring Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library to your community!

Local partners are the heart of the program. They promote the program online and at in-person events, fundraise, and enroll children who live within their geographical area. A local affiliate/partner must be a 501c3 to obtain non-profit mailing rates. Examples include businesses, school districts, local foundations, etc.

To learn more about becoming a community partner contact Pam Hunsaker at

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 has gifted well over 167 million free books in Australia, Canada, The Republic of Ireland, United Kingdom and the United States. The Imagination Library mails more than 1.8 million high-quality, age-appropriate books each month to registered children from birth to age five. Dolly envisioned creating a lifelong love of reading, inspiring them to dream. The impact of the program has been widely researched and results suggest positive increases in key early childhood literacy metrics. Penguin Random House is the exclusive publisher for Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library.

Learn more about Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library.

Dolly Parton's Imagination Library Kansas