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Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library Australia

This site provides resources for parents, educators and those delivering the Imagination Library in their communities. United Way Australia engages with subject matter experts and early childhood educators to design a variety of resources to help the reader and child engage with the book in ways that drive language development and early literacy.

Bringing home the magic of reading

Putting a book in a child’s hand opens a whole new world to them. An Imagination Library delivered by United Way Australia, brings the magic of reading into Australian homes – kick-starting a lifelong love of reading, and creating an evidence-based pathway for a child’s success in later life. 

Children that are eligible and registered for Imagination Library will receive a free, high quality, age-appropriate book in the mail each month from birth to age five. Resources are also provided to help engage with the book in ways that drive language development and early literacy. 

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Total kids registered since inception

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Total books sent

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The Imagination Library – more than a book in the mail

An Imagination Library connects parents to their communities, increases library membership, engages children in early childhood settings and supports early childhood development.  

The resources on this site support parents with their child’s language and literacy journey, and help community partners, such as educators and librarians, use best practice techniques to deepen the impact of the program.  

Supporting Imagination Library communities to thrive beyond the book delivered to the home. 


Create precious moments reading together.

Reading, talking and singing with your child are proven ways to build your child’s language and early literacy skills. The following pages provide information to help you understand and support your child’s early development whether you are a parent, educator or community leader.