.Dolly parton’s Imagination library.

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library provides free books to children. All children, from birth to age five, are eligible to receive a book by mail each month, without any cost to the family.

The program provides children with their own library of books and equips families to support reading at home. Each child will be better prepared for school and ready to learn in kindergarten.

The first book in the program is The Little Engine That Could. This classic children’s book is a favorite of singer-songwriter Dolly Parton.

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To participate in United Way of Northwest Arkansas’s coverage region, children must: 

  • reside in Benton, Madison or Washington counties in Arkansas
  • have a valid birthdate and address
  • be more than two months away from their fifth birthday (because it may take up to 6-8 weeks before the first book arrives, children turning five within two months are not eligible)

Note: Children living outside our coverage area may check availability here.


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.Support the program.

United Way funding helps provide this program at no cost to any child residing in Benton, Madison and Washington counties. Your tax-deductible donation will ensure it continues for years to come.

You can support Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library by clicking the the “DONATE TO DPIL” button below or mailing a check to:

United Way of Northwest Arkansas
100 Parkwood Street
Lowell, AR 72745

Please make checks payable to United Way of Northwest Arkansas, and place “DPIL” in the memo line.

Sponsor a child in our community today!

  • $25   provides a child books for one year
  • $50   provides a child books for two years
  • $75   provides a child books for three years
  • $100 provides a child books for four years
  • $125 provides a child books for five years


Can I share the registration form with family and friends?

If there are multiple children under five in a household, each child is eligible to enroll. Please note that twins and multiples may receive the same book selection.

How will my child receive the books?

Books will be mailed to your child at the address provided on the registration form.

When do books arrive?

It takes about 6-8 weeks for your child’s first book to arrive after your registration has been approved. After the first book arrives, you will receive a new book each month until the month your child turns five years old.

What type of books will be mailed?

The first book the child will receive is The Little Engine that Could, and the final book will be Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come!

All books are age-appropriate and printed through Penguin Random House Publishing. Reading tips for families are provided on the back flap of each book.

View the book list.

Do you provide books in languages other than English?

There are several books each year that are bilingual English/Spanish titles. 

What if I am or my child is blind or visually impaired?

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library has partnered with American Printing House for the Blind, Inc. (APH) to make many of the books available in braille and audio format for blind and visually impaired children.

You can register for the APH/DPIL partnership here.

How do I change my address?

Please contact United Way of Northwest Arkansas if there is an address change. The books usually cannot be forwarded, and your child will no longer receive books if the address is not current.

To change your address, contact Megan Heckes at dpil@unitedwaynwa.org or (479) 750-1221. If you provided an email address during registration, you can also make those changes online through your parent account. 

What is a parent account?

Once your child is approved for and active in the program, parent account information is emailed to you. Your username is always your email address. With your parent account, you can check your child’s enrollment status, edit your address, and view a list of the titles mailed each month.

Follow this link for Parent Resources.

What if I don’t live in Benton, Madison or Washington counties?

United Way of Northwest Arkansas can only provide books for children who live in Benton, Madison or Washington Counties in Arkansas. 

Follow the Find My Program link to see if there is a program in your area.