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, and into Canada, the U.K, and Australia. IL has delivered over 113 million books. About 1.4 million are mailed monthly in the USA.
Local Affiliates do the ground work: we manage the last mile of a book’s journey from IL’s mailing facility in Tennessee to a child’s mailbox. Each Affiliate designates their own Region of Service. The BBBP’s service region is the City of Berkeley, California.
We register only Berkeley residents under age five — a child must at least 3 months shy of fifth birthday and have a Berkeley, CA home address. Our IL program launched mid-2015 with a small group. As of May 2019 over 550 children are registered and receiving monthly book deliveries and over 260 have aged out of the program.
How do I register my child?
Go to the Imagination Library website using the button below.
Enter your child’s mailing address to confirm your eligibility.
Download and print the registration form.
Complete the form - be sure to print clearly please.
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.
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?
Books are a gift to the child. There is no cost.
How are books and postage paid?
The BBBP pays Imagination Library $2.11 per book mailed. That’s about $25 per year per child. Our funding comes from donations of all sizes from folks just like you, as well as local businesses, grantmakers, and philanthroptists in our community.
What kind of books will my child receive?
An age-based high quality collection. Imagination Library’s Title Selection Team reviews children’s literature year round. The List is updated annually. Selections are guided by age-based 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: