Early Childhood Literacy

There is ample research supporting early literacy, yet common sense tells us most of what we need to know. The key to success in school and beyond is to develop proficient reading skills. One of the most important things a parent can do to develop these skills is to read with their child as much as possible.

There are many dimensions to this work: books in the home, parents who read frequently to their children, and the association of reading with fun and love are but a few. Imagination Library does not attempt to address all of these dimensions; however, while we cannot do everything, we can eliminate one of the reasons why parents do not read to their child – the availability of quality books in the home. Books delivered not just once, but 60 times in the child’s critical years of development. 

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)
  • 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 wonderful books in her program, available in braille and audio format so that young blind and visually impaired children can also benefit from these wonderful children's books. 

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

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