Imagination Library

One carefully selected book delivered to your child every month, from birth to age five.

 
 

What is Imagination Library?

Imagination Library (IL) is a program created by Dolly Parton in 1995 to give free, high-quality books to young children in her home state of Tennessee. Since then, it has expanded throughout the United States to Canada and the U.K., and has delivered over 113 million books directly into the hands of children.

The Berkeley Baby Book Project (The BBBP) is IL's affiliate for Berkeley, CA. We register and manage Berkeley children’s registration for the IL program. We launched our IL program mid-2015 with a small group. As of February 2019 over 500 children are registered and receiving monthly book deliveries and over 200 have aged out of the program.


 

How do I register my child? 

  1. Go to the Imagination Library website using the button below.

  2. Enter your child’s mailing address to confirm your eligibility.

  3. Download and print the registration form.

  4. Complete the form - be sure to print clearly please.

  5. Mail your child’s completed registration form to:

    The Berkeley Baby Book Project
    P.O. Box 8213, Berkeley, CA 94707

 

Frequently Asked Questions

 

who is eligible?

Any child under age 5 who lives in Berkeley, CA.

When can my child register?

Any time from birth until 3 months before your child's fifth birthday. Books begin arriving 6–10 weeks after registration (For example, if you register in January, your child will receive their first book in February or March).

HOW MUCH DOES IMAGINATION LIBRARY COST?

There is no cost for the Imagination Library Program. Books are a gift to the child.

If the Books are free for my child, who pays for them?

We pay about $25 per year per child to Imagination Library to provide books every month. Our funding come from donations of all sizes from folks just like you, as well as like-minded businesses and philanthropic organizations in our community.

What kind of books will my child receive?

An age-based, diverse, high quality collection. Imagination Library’s Title Selection Team reviews children’s literature year round. The IL List is updated annually. Selections are guided by developmentally appropriate Themes and Concepts. You can download a PDF of Titles + Guidelines here, or view the 2019 Title List on the IL website via button below:


still have questions?

Check out our full FAQ, or contact us directly at seena@thebbbp.org.