A Free Way To Get Kids Reading More
Free "Books from Birth" is a book gifting program that gives free books to children from birth to age five in participating communities within the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and Republic of Ireland.
The Program is entirely free and provided by Dolly Parton's Imagination Library. Dolly Parton, in full Dolly Rebecca Parton, (born January 19, 1946, Locust Ridge, Tennessee, U.S.), American country music singer, guitarist, and actress, best known for pioneering the interface between country and pop music styles.
Parton was born into a poor farming family, the fourth of 12 children. She displayed an aptitude and passion for music at an early age. As a child, she was a featured singer and guitarist on local radio and television shows in Knoxville Tennessee. In 1964, immediately following her high school graduation, she set out for Nashville to pursue a career in music.
Dolly was inspired by her father's inability to read and write, she started her Imagination Library in 1995 for the children within her home county. Today, her Program spans five countries and gifts over 1 million free books each month to kids around the world.
She says "When I was growing up in the hills of East Tennessee, I knew my dreams would come true. 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."
This is quite a good opportunity to encourage children to read more books rather than play video games or watch TV. We should appreciate Dolly Parton's massive contribution to children's literacy.