Early Childhood Literacy


Read the research below to see that your investment in early childhood literacy will make a difference and your donation will help improve a child's life and prepare them for the future. 

Kindergarten readiness is vastly improved by participation in a "books from birth" program. (Read More)

Teachers agree that children who participate are better prepared for kindergarten. (Read More)

Length of enrollment in Imagination Library is a significant and positive predictor of likelihood to read to your child daily and a statistically significant predictor of more frequent parent and child discussion of the story. (Read More)

The Imagination Library program overall increased academic learning of English at home, and the program exposed refugee parents to the concept of reading storybooks (Read More) 

Making books available to parents generally will increase the amount of time spent reading with a child. (Read More)

Reading aloud to children all the way up to age 11 is a powerful predictor that children will become frequent readers. (Read More)

Distribution of printed material at an early age has a positive impact on almost all areas of childhood learning. (Read More) 

Imagination Library is a catalyst for developing early literacy skills by increasing child-directed reading. (Read More) 

The link between academic failure and delinquency, violence, and crime is welded to reading failure, over 70% of inmates in America's prisons cannot read above a fourth-grade level. (Read More)


Audio & Braille Books

Dolly Parton's Imagination Library (DPIL) has partnered with American Printing House for the Blind, Inc. (APH) to make many of the books in our program, available in braille & audio format so that young blind & visually impaired children can benefit from these wonderful children's books. 

As of now, thanks to a collaborative effort between DPIL, APH & Penguin Group, USA, an ever-expanding collection of titles will be available as free downloadable children's audiobooks and for those who prefer, there will be many titles available in braille from APH. These are offered free-of-charge to eligible families & may be purchased at a low cost by all others.
Click here for more information on DPIL's program

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