Monthly Book Subscription
One carefully chosen book delivered for free to your child, every month, from birth to age five.
Early literacy is central to every child's lifelong success. That's why we're dedicated to helping all children in the Berkeley community build an excellent library before Kindergarten. Imagination Library books are carefully selected and reviewed each year by a team of early literacy experts to provide high-quality, age-appropriate books to your child. Books are a gift to the child; there is no cost for the program.
All you have to do is register your child. We take care of the rest.
How do I register my child?
Registrations must be submitted on paper. You can get a form from us or from a growing number of preschool and infant care programs, including Berkeley Unified Preschool sites. Forms can be mailed to us, or handed in at events.
- Come to any Event we host or table at, registration cards are on hand.
- Go to the Imagination Library website using the button below.
- Enter your child's home address. As long as it is inside Berkeley you will be led to a PDF form.
- Print and fill out the registration form.
- Mail your child's completed form to:
The Berkeley Baby Book Project
P.O. Box 8213
Berkeley, CA 94707
What is Dolly Parton's Imagination Library?
Imagination Library is a program created by Dolly Parton to deliver books from birth to children in her home county, Sevier, in Tennessee. The program began registering newborns in the County Hospital in 1995. Since then, Dolly and the Dollywood Foundation have worked to make the program available to Affiliates supported by their local communities across the USA and internationally. To date, Imagination Library USA has registered more than 1 million children, and has delivered over 100 million books!
who is eligible?
Any child under age 5 living in Berkeley, CA.
When can my child register?
Any time from birth up to 3 months before a child's fifth birthday month. Books begin arriving 8–10 weeks after registration. (Example: If you register in January, your child will receive their first book in March).
What kind of books will my child receive?
All sorts of great books! See what children in Berkeley and across the USA are receiving this year on the 2018 Title List: Imagination Library's 2018 selections.