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Monday, July 28, 2014

Imagination Library

     Our family has a history of loving books and reading. It's something we have placed a high importance for our children from a young age. Thanks to a wonderful program started by Dolly Parton, JT's personal collection has grown each month from when he was a newborn.

     Imagination Library is a program that sends age appropriate books to a child each month for FREE!!!!  The program runs from birth up to age 5. There are no requirements other than the program being available in your area. It originally started in Dolly's hometown area of east Tennessee, but she continued to expand the program as long as there was local community support. In getting some info for this post, I was amazed to see that not only is this program available throughout the U.S., but also in Canada, the UK, and Australia!

     If this excites you as much as it did me, don't wait a minute longer to see if this program is available in your area. Check it out here.

 This is the first book every child gets regardless of age. This story has proven helpful to inspire JT to have a "can do" attitude at times. I will remind him of the little engine that worked so hard and said, "I think I can, I think I can."

 JT sitting with his collection of books we read from every day. The Imagination Library books are missing from this photo (empty space on the shelf). You will see them in just a moment.
 This past June, JT received his last book from the program.
 We have read this book several times every week as we get closer and closer to the start of school.

 Much like JT starting school, receiving his book was bittersweet.


 Though there are a few missing from this photo, this is what our family has been blessed with over the past 5 years.  As JT grew, the stories grew and evolved. What started out as a baby board book is now a lengthy story.
I can quickly look at any of these titles and be brought back to the age JT was when he received that book in the mail. It has been such a special gift to not only JT, but to John and I as we have shared our love of reading to our son. Thank you, Dolly, for starting this wonderful program and making such an impact on a child's life.

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