Imagination Library

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Register for free books for your under five, give feedback on the Imagination Library scheme, get tips and ideas for activities to do with the latest books.

Free books for children from birth to five years

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is a 60 volume set of books. Each month a new, carefully selected book will be delivered to your home and addressed to your child. Best of all it is a free gift! There is no cost or obligation to your family.

The programme is available across the whole of North Lincolnshire. All children from birth to five years who live in North Lincolnshire are eligible to register.

Watch the story of the Imagination Library in North Lincolnshire.

Register for the Imagination Library

You can register for the Imagination Library using our online form:

You can also register:

  • at your local children’s centre
  • at your local library
  • with your health visitor
  • at school
  • at early years providers

If you have more than one child, each child may participate.

You will receive your books eight to 10 weeks after your registration form has been received. Books will start to arrive at your home and will continue until your child turns five or you move away from North Lincolnshire.

Moving address

If you move please let us know by completing the online form or contacting us on 01724 296652 so we can ensure your child will continue to receive books at their new address

Imagination Library feedback

Your feedback is important to us and helps influence the selection of future books.

Group 1: born in 2020: Baby Touch Animals: Black & White:

The award-winning best-selling Baby Touch series is back with a sleek and playful design. In the first few years of life, babies’ vision is still developing. They see first of all in black and white, and in bright, high contrast colours such as yellow and red. Designed to develop babies’ eyesight, this book of friendly farm animals will stimulate vision from birth. With clearly-defined simple images that even the youngest children will respond to, it provides a fun multi-sensory experience. Includes black and white patterns throughout to help focus a baby’s attention and concentration.

Please see relevant links for Baby Touch Animals: Black & White Ideas sheet below:


Group 2 – Born in 2019: Hello Jemima!

Hello Jemima! Introduces very young children to Jemima Puddle-Duck, one of Beatrix Potter’s most delightful characters. The padded style is perfect for little hands, and children will love learning about Jemima as she quacks, dives, swims and flies through her farmyard world. As part of our new Baby Peter range, the contemporary artwork and gentle rhyme will make this a firm favourite with today’s parents and their babies.

Please see relevant links for Hello Jemima! Ideas sheet below:


Group 3 – Born in 2018: Shark in the Park on a Windy Day

Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the park… Timothy Pope is blown this way and that way in the windy park – but among the whistling wind and blustering brollies could that be a shark he spies through his telescope. Peep through the die-cut hole in the pages of the book to find out. A third book in the bestselling Shark in the Park series – it’s fin-tastic fun!

Please see relevant links for Shark in the Park on a Windy Day Ideas sheet below:


Group 4 – Born in 2017: Brother’s Forever

Lee and Barnaby are brothers. Some days they get on, some days they don’t. But things change when Barnaby starts school and tensions run high. Will they remember that brothers are forever after all?

This touching and honest story is told with Claudia Boldt’s trademark style and wit, and will be instantly recognisable to anyone who has a brother or sister.

Please see relevant links for Brother’s Forever Ideas sheet below:


Group 5 – Born in 2016: When I Grow Up Firefighter

When I Grow Up: Firefighter gives all the essential facts about firefighting. It shows what daily life is like for firefighters and what they do in an emergency. It answers questions from aspiring firemen and firewomen such as: ‘What do firefighters wear?’ and ‘What special tools do firefighters need to help them at work?’

This beautifully illustrated book brings the firefighter’s everyday job to life with fun realism. After reading, your little one will want to be a real-life superhero when he or she grows up, just like firefighters all over the world!

Please see relevant links for When I Grow Up…Firefighter Ideas sheet below:


Group 6 – Born in 2015: Choose Llamas

It’s time to CHOOSE.

This laugh-out-loud book puts the power in your hands as you build your very own llama squad.

Which llama would you choose to be your own superhero sidekick? Which llama would you choose to ride in a high-speed llama race? Which llama would you chose to go to space with?

With five llamas to choose from on each page, each with their own individual style and personality, this is a hilarious, wacky and wonderful opportunity to promote discussion and decision-making skills.

Please see relevant links for Choose Llamas Ideas sheet below:


As part of a heart-warming new project between the North Lincolnshire Children’s Literacy Trust and the Health Tree Foundation, every baby on Scunthorpe hospital’s neonatal ward will be given literacy gift packs. This includes a copy of the award-winning book ‘Guess How Much I Love You’, as well as a ‘Singing Together’ CD and lots of information designed to support families in this crucial early stage of their babies development.

Please leave feedback on the neonatal book gifting scheme using the link below, or call us on 01724 296652.