Since 1995, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library has been sending free picture books to children from birth to age five. (Yes, you heard that right—free books!) Launched as a benefit for kids in her home county in East Tennessee, over the years the program has grown to include five countries: USA, UK, Australia, Canada, and the Republic of Ireland. To date, they’ve registered 1.4 million kids, and mailed out 117,920,187 books!
A few weeks ago, I received some photos from a friend in Nashville, TN whose three-year-old son had just gotten some exciting mail: an Imagination Library edition of IF I WERE A KANGAROO, by Mylisa Larsen and me! Even better news is that the Library has decided to include it for a second year.