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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.

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.


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:

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