Dolly Parton's Imagination Library

The more books in the home, the better the school and life outcomes for children.

The research is clear – just 15 minutes a day of reading with a child is enough to help build the literacy and developmental skills needed to start school ready to read, learn and succeed.

That’s why United Way Australia is partnering with communities across the country to bring Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library to thousands of children in some of our most vulnerable communities.

This monthly home delivered book program brings the magic of a library into the home, with a gift of a book every month free of charge to families before school begins. Every child in the program is given quality, physical books to keep for their very own, kickstarting a lifelong love of reading and helping them reach their full potential!

Help us bring this life-changing initiative to even more children: Start an Imagination Library
Register a Child or find out more:
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Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library – Information Pack 2021

Read about how the Imagination Library has helped one family during the COVID-19 Pandemic

During the COVID-19 Crisis, The Imagination Library has continued to bring the magic of reading into the homes of families in isolation, keeping learning at the centre of Australian families.

Read more about how important the Imagination Library was for Adam and his family throughout 2020 here.

School Readiness Funding

School Readiness Funding is available to Victorian Kindergartens through the Victorian Government Department of Education. To calculate what it might cost to have Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library at your service use the below box. Enter the figures for your Kindergarten in the green boxes. If you have any questions or would like to access the program, you can get in touch with us here.

Featured Partner:
Community of Tamworth

Places for our newest Imagination Library are now available!
Find out more or donate to support this library:

Visit the Tamworth Imagination Library
Make a Donation

Featured Partner:
Department of Education & Training Victoria

Find out about School Readiness funding and how you can get your kindergarten involved!

Visit the School Readiness Website

Featured Video:
Welcome from Dolly

Imagination Library founder Dolly Parton has a special message inviting us all to play our part in helping children read, learn and be more.

Imagination Library Partners and Supporters

United Way Australia thanks our incredible generous partners and sponsors for helping bring Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library to thousands of Australian children. 

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Our Sponsors