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Mat-Su Imagination Library

Imagjination Library

What is Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library?

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is … FREE!

It sounds almost too simple to be true, but by reading regularly with your children during their early years – from birth! – you are giving them the biggest boost toward success they will ever get.

Dolly Parton has partnered with Penguin publishing company to offer low cost, carefully selected titles that are development appropriate for children ages birth to 5 years. These books are mailed each month to the child's home absolutely free. Volunteers organize community sign-up events, coordinate with local agencies, and raise funds to sponsor children in the program (at a yearly cost of only $25/child). For more information about Imagination Library, go to their website at For information about Imagination Library in Alaska, please visit

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library will help you read with your child. Every child will have books of their very own, at no cost to you, thanks to local family and business sponsors, and the Dollywood Foundation. Besides your donations, grants from Best Beginnings and United Way Mat-Su, plus donations from Wasilla Sunrise Rotary Club, Susitna Rotary, and Friends of the Wasilla Library, contributed money to provide the birth to age 5 reading program in the Mat-Su Borough. Best Beginnings grant moneys are a combination of funds from Rasmuson Foundation, Conoco-Phillips, and the Alaska Dept of Ecucation & Early Development.

Each month a new, carefully-selected book will be mailed in your child’s name directly to your home. He/she can look forward to new and exciting reading adventures from Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library until he/she turns five years old, as long as you remain a resident of the Mat-Su Borough. Should the child move outside the boundaries, he/she automatically exits the program.

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is a FREE GIFT to our children! All you have to do is read to them.

Who is Eligible? Register Online
Young children under age 5 living in the Mat-Su Borough, Alaska are eligible. You may register now.

What are My Responsibilities?
1. Be a resident of the Mat-Su Borough.

2. Complete an official registration form, completely filled out by parent or guardian.

3. Notify the Mat-Su Imagination Library anytime your address changes. Books are mailed to the address listed on the official registration form. If the child’s address changes, you must contact us in order to continue receiving books.

4. Read with your child.

When Will My Child Receive Books?

Books are ordered on the 4th day of each month for delivery the following month. If you register after the 4th of the month, your first book will be ordered the following month on the 4th, for delivery the next month. Books will continue arriving until your child turns five or you move.

How Can I Help?
We need volunteers to help fund raise, help at enrollment events, to help spread the word & sponsor a child. Email us to help.

If you know of a business, organization, or individual who would like to donate funds to support this gift to your children, donations, payable to Mat-Su Schools Foundation, can be sent to:

Meadow Lakes Imagination Library
c/o Mat-Su Schools Foundation
PO Box 873414
Wasilla, AK 99687

Books and Book Activities

The first book all children receive when they’re enrolled in Imagination Library is "The Little Engine That Could" by Watty Piper. Download the accompanying The Little Engine That Could activity sheet to add to your child’s enjoyment, and watch this space for activities for new titles as they’re mailed. Click title to access the book activities.

May 2011 Titles

Group 6 (2006): Thank You World

Group 5 (2007): Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain

Group 4 (2008): Goldilocks and the Three Bears

Group 3 (2009): Roar of a Snore

Group 2 (2010): Father and Son OR A Mud Pie For Mother

Group 1 (2011): Max's First Word

April 2011 Titles

Group 6 (2006): Where Butterflies Grow

Group 5 (2007): Otis

Group 4 (2008): Easy Street

Group 3 (2009): 1,2,3 to the Zoo (no activity sheet)

Group 2 (2010): Peter Rabbit Rainbow Shapes and Colors  OR  Where's Spot (no activity sheet)?

Group 1 (2011): Look at the Animals

March 2011 Titles

Group 6 (2006): Holler Loudly (no activity sheet)

Group 5 (2007): Ladybug Girl and Bumblebee Boy

Group 4 (2008): The Story of Ferdinand (no activity sheet)

Group 3 (2009): Big Brother, Little Brother

Group 2 (2010): Winnie-the-Pooh: Opposites OR Roly Poly Pangolin (no activity sheet)

Group 1 (2011): Peek-A-Boo Morning

February 2011 Titles

Group 6 (2006): The Tale of Peter Rabbit (no activity sheet)

Group 5 (2007): The Legend of the Indian Paintbrush

Group 4 (2008): Corduroy

Group 3 (2009): Big Sister, Little Sister

Group 2 (2010): Little Loon and Papa

Group 1 (2011): Spot Goes to the Farm

January 2011 Titles

Group 6 (2006): Born Yesterday (no activity sheet)

Group 5 (2007): The House That Jack Built

Group 4 (2008): A House is a House for Me (no activity sheet)

Group 3 (2009): Max's ABC OR Over In the Meadow

Group 2 (2010): A Mother for Choco OR Corduroy Goes to the Doctor

Group 1 (2011): NA


December 2010 Titles

Group 6 (2005): NA

Group 5 (2006): Snowy Day OR Rhymes Around The World (no activity sheet)

Group 4 (2007): Little Monkey Lost OR Rhymes Around the World (no activity sheet)

Group 3 (2008): Only You

Group 2 (2009): ABC Look At Me

Group 1 (2010): Lull-a-bye Little One

November 2010 Titles

Group 6 (2005): Ducks Don't Wear Socks

Group 5 (2006): Grandfather Buffalo

Group 4 (2007): Welcome to the Zoo

Group 3 (2008): Llama, Llama Red Pajama

Group 2 (2009): A Mud Pie For Mother

Group 1 (2010): Whose Baby Am I? OR Wake Up Sleepy, Bear

October 2010 Titles

Group 6 (2005): Little Devils OR Dolphins on the Sand OR John Philip Duck

Group 5 (2006): Llama, Llama, Misses Mama OR Apple Farmer Annie OR What Makes the Seasons?

Group 4 (2007): Fluffy and Baron OR Max's ABCs

Group 3 (2008): I Am A Rainbow OR Momma Will You?

Group 2 (2009): Sleep Baby, Sleep OR Panda Whispers

Group 1 (2010): Look, Look!

September 2010 Titles

Group 6 (2005): Owl Moon

Group 5 (2006): Chicken of the Family

Group 4 (2007): My Lucky Day

Group 3 (2008): The Wild Little Horse

Group 2 (2009): Sleep, Baby, Sleep OR Panda Whispers

Group 1 (2010): Where's My Nose? OR No Matter What

August 2010 Titles

Group 6 (2005): A Place Called Kindergarten

Group 5 (2006): Take Care, Good Knight

Group 4 (2007): Gobble, Gobble, Crash!

Group 3 (2008): Rhymes Around The World OR Pip & Squeak

Group 2 (2009): A Mother For Choco OR Just Like You

Group 1 (2010): Skippy Jon Jones: Up and Down

July 2010 Titles

Group 6 (2005): Lissy's Friends Activities

Group 5 (2006): Aesop's Fables Activity Sheet

Group 4 (2007): Llama Llama Mad At Mama Activity Sheet

Group 3 (2008): Little Loon And Papa Activity Sheet

Group 2 (2009): Pouch
                        OR Ready, Set, Skip! Activity Sheet

Group 1 (2010): Peek-A-Boo Morning Activity Sheet

June 2010 Titles

Group 6 (2005): Badger's Fancy Meal Activity Sheet

Group 5 (2006): Officer Buckle & Gloria Activity Sheet

Group 4 (2007): The Spiffiest Giant in Town - no activity sheet available
                         OR The Gruffalo Activity Sheet

Group 3 (2008): Mine-O-Saur Activity Sheet

Group 2 (2009): Good Night Gorilla Activity Sheet

Group 1 (2010): Look At The Animals Activity Sheet

May 2010 Titles

Group 6 (2005): Thank You World Activity Sheet

Group 5 (2006): Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain Activity Sheet
                        OR Luke Goes To Bat Activity Sheet

Group 4 (2007): Goldilocks and the Three Bears Activity Sheet
                        OR Twenty-six Princesses Activity Sheet

Group 3 (2008): Roar of A Snore Activity Sheet

Group 2 (2009): Father And Son Activity Sheet
                        OR Dimity Duck Activity Sheet

Group 1 (2010): I Love You Sun, I Love You Moon

Best Beginnings Activity Sheets
Activity sheets for new books from Best Beginnings


When and where can I sign up my child?
Registration forms are available at your local library. Registration forms are also available online.

How often are books delivered?
A book is delivered via the US Postal Service to enrolled children once a month.

Who is eligible?
All children from birth to age 5 that currently live in the Mat-Su Borough are eligible.

How much does it cost?
The program is completely free to all eligible children.

How can I donate?
The cost for delivering the books to each child is raised through community donations. The cost is $25 per child, per year. You may choose to sponsor a child from birth to age 5 for $125.