What is Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library?
Since launching in 1995 in Tennessee Imagination Library has become the preeminent early childhood book gifting program in the world. Imagination Library now mails more than 1.4 million quality, age-appropriate books monthly to children from birth to fifth birthday.
Children must live in a community served by and Affiliate. Each Affiliate designates their specific Region of Service. The BBBP serves the City of Berkeley, California (in Tennessee every community has an Affiliate. We’ve got some catching up to do, California!)
The BBBP registers only Berkeley residents from as early as day of birth up to 3 months shy of age 5.
Our Imagination Library program launched mid-2015. As of late August 2019 we have over 600 children registered, and over 310 have aged out of the Program.
How do I register my child?
Go to Imagination Library’s website using the button.
2. If your child lives in Berkeley, enter their mailing address.
3. Click “register by mail”, download & print PDF registration form (you won’t see this if address entered is outside Berkeley)
4. Complete the form - print clearly please!
5. Mail 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.
How young or old can children be registered?
From the day they are born until 3 months before their fifth birthday.
How long until books arrive?
Books begin arriving 6–10 weeks after registration. For example, a child registered in January will receive their first book in March. Books are mailed Bulk Rate: no return or forwarding service.
HOW MUCH DOES IMAGINATION LIBRARY COST?
Imagination Library books are a gift to the child. There is no cost to recipients.
How are books and postage paid?
Affiliates, like The BBBP, pay Imagination Library $2.11 per book mailed: about $25/year for 12 new, lovely books. A child’s joy every month when their book arrives by mail? Priceless.
Our funding comes from donations of all sizes from individuals, businesses, grantmakers, and philanthropists in our community.
What kind of books will my child receive?
Age-based, diverse, quality titles. Imagination Library’s Title Selection Team reviews children’s literature year round and updates title list annually. Selections are guided by developmental 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:
Title list is based on year of birth, so they will get the same books. We recommend registering both children. Newborns don’t care, but toddlers and preschoolers do, a lot! The first letter of their name is often one of the first letters they will learn to identify. Showing them their name on their own gift book when it arrives naturally harnesses a toddler’s desire to declare “Mine!” unequivocally: that’s strong internal motivation to learn letters and words, starting with their own name. And, it’s is powerful step on the path to literacy.