.Dolly parton’s Imagination library.

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is a program that provides free books to children. All children are eligible to receive a book by mail each month, without any cost to the family, until they reach their fifth birthday.

This 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 book of singer Dolly Parton.

Register your child today to receive a free book by mail each month!

Funding provided in part by:


  • Reside in Benton, Madison or Washington counties in Arkansas. 
  • Must have a valid birthdate and address.
  • Because it may take up to 6-8 weeks before the first book arrives, children turning five within two months are not eligible.


Please download and complete the following form: Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library Registration Form (CLICK HERE) 

Mail the completed form to:

United Way of Northwest Arkansas                Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library                  100 Parkwood Street                                  Lowell, AR 72745

To register online, click HERE.

For questions or assistance, please contact Megan Heckes at dpil@unitedwaynwa.org or   (479) 750-1221. 


.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 this program continues to be available to the children of our community 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, ATTN: DPIL, 100 Parkwood Street, Lowell, AR 72745. Please make checks payable to United Way of NWA and place in the memo line: DPIL.

 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 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 5 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. To view the book list, please visit https://imaginationlibrary.com/usa/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 wonderful books available in braille and audio format for young blind and visually impaired children. You can register for the program here: https://sites.aph.org/dolly-partons-imagination-library/apply/

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. You can contact Ana Phakhin 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 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. Please visit https://imaginationlibrary.com/news-resources/parent-resources/ for more information.

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

The United Way of Northwest Arkansas can only provide books for children who live in Benton, Madison or Washington Counties in Arkansas. If you live outside of the coverage area, you can see if there is a program in your area at https://imaginationlibrary.com/usa/find- my-program/