This week is Read Across America Week and today (Tuesday, March 2) is Read Across America Day!
The goal of the day — which was established by the National Education Association in 1998 — is to excite children about reading on the birthday of beloved children’s author Dr. Seuss (Theodor Seuss Geisel). Well, there's not a lot of folks who get kids more excited for reading than Country Music legend Dolly Parton, her Dollywood Foundation and its internationally-acclaimed Imagination Library program.
Want a new children's book sent to your house each month for free?
For almost 30 years, Dolly Parton's Imagination Library has been giving books to children in communities across the U.S., Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia and the Republic of Ireland.
Participating children receive a free, age-appropriate high-quality book each month from birth to age five, no matter their family's income; the Imagination Library currently gifts books to 1.7 million children around the world each month. Since its launch in 1995, the Imagination Library has gifted over 150 million books to children and continues with Dolly's mission to inspire a love of reading around the world.
“When I was growing up in the hills of East Tennessee, I knew my dreams would come true," Parton says. "I know there are children in your community with their own dreams. They dream of becoming a doctor or an inventor or a minister. Who knows, maybe there is a little girl whose dream is to be a writer and singer. The seeds of these dreams are often found in books and the seeds you help plant in your community can grow across the world.”
To check availabikity for your region and signup to recieve there free monthly children's books, click here (or find more information in the video below).
Read along with Dolly and YouTube kids here.
For more information about the Imagination Library, visit imaginationlibrary.com.