Imagination Library

Free books for children from birth to five years

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is a 60 volume set of books. It begins with the children’s classic ‘The Tale of Peter Rabbit’ by Beatrix Potter. 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.

Watch the story of the Imagination Library in North Lincolnshire.

Who is eligible?

The programme has now been launched across the whole of North Lincolnshire. All children from birth to five years who live in North Lincolnshire are eligible to register.

Where can I register?

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

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

What do I need to do?

You need to live in North Lincolnshire. Parents or guardians need to complete and submit an official registration form. Books will be sent to the address on the registration form.

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

When will I receive the 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.

Imagination Library feedback

Your feedback is important to us and helps influence the selection of future books. Please leave your feedback by clicking on the link below, alternatively you can call us on 01724 296652.

  • The Cow Who Fell to Earth
    • One night a star CRASH-LANDS right on top of a flock of bumbling sheep. But the star is a not a star… it’s a little lost cow. And all she can say is ‘WOOOOOO’. How will she find her way home when nobody can understand a word she’s saying? Both stylish and sweet, this hilarious tale is packed with Nadia Shireen’s adorable animal characters – perfect for all those who loved The Bumblebear.
    • For more information, visit your local library or The Reading Agency website.
    • Space Chase competitions.
  • You Choose in Space
    • Zoom off into space for an adventure where YOU CHOOSE what happens next. Which alien would you most like to be friends with? And what fantastically freaky food will you decide to munch for lunch? The possibilities are infinite in this mesmerising creative toolkit which will inspire children from three up to make their own stories time and time again – a spectacular sequel to the bestselling You Choose – it’s out of this world.
    • For more information about the Summer Reading Challenge, visit your local library or The Reading Agency website.
    • Draw along with Nick Sharratt.
    • Learn how to make a rocket with Justin.
  •  Nightbear
    • From the winner of the Roald Dahl Funny Prize comes a warm and witty look at the life of one special teddy bear. Travel with him as he comes from his factory to his first home, from the charity shop to a new home. But what can he do best when there are other bears who make themselves very useful indeed?
    • Sing along with Ferne, Rory and some teddy bear friends.
    • The NHS explains night terrors and nightmares and what you can do to help.
    • Help your child to build their very own reading den.
  • My First Words
    • Have fun making animal noises with your baby as you point to the pictures on the page, “woof, moo, purr”. Lots of repetition of words and sounds will help your baby develop the listening and understanding skills they need to become a confident communicator.
    • As you dress and change your baby, name the items of clothing as you put them on. Naming and repeating will help your baby to understand and learn the names of everyday objects.
    • Bounce your child gently on your knee as you pretend to be in a vehicle, making noises as you go, such as, “beep beep, brum brum, toot toot.” Sing “The wheels on the bus, car, bike, digger, go round and round”.
  • Spot Bakes A Cake
    • Prepare a shopping list together and go to the supermarket. Get your child to help you find the items you need. Bake a cake together, introduce lots of new vocabulary and tools to use, for example whisk, sieve, scales.
    • Baking provides opportunities for learning through having fun. Children learn to listen and follow instructions, learn new skills by handling baking tools and use mathematical language by counting, weighing and measuring.
    • Have some party fun. Dance and sing to party music or music on the radio. Blow some bubbles. Bat a balloon around.
    • Sing along with Mr Tumble to Happy Birthday.
  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar
    • Make a Very Hungry Caterpillar inspired butterfly painting. Inspired by the moment when Eric Carle’s Very Hungry Caterpillar transforms into a beautiful butterfly, this simple craft will delight children and help them learn about colours, patterns and symmetry.
    • When you’re off adventuring, use this spotter sheet to hunt for mini-beasts. There’s no better time to head out on a marvellous mini-beast hunt! Look for creepy crawlies under logs and stones. Spot insects in the air. Do they come out in the sunshine or after rain?
    • Download the Woodland Trust ‘Nature Detectives’ activity sheet.

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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, including 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.

  • January
    • Group 1 – Born in 2019: The Tale of Peter Rabbit
    • Group 2 – Born in 2018: All About Me
    • Group 3 – Born in 2017: Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Can You See?
    • Group 4 – Born in 2016: Mouse House
    • Group 5 – Born in 2015: Give the Dog a Bone
    • Group 6 – Born in 2014: Mrs Armitage and the Big Wave
  • February
    • Group 1 – Born in 2019: The Tale of Peter Rabbit
    • Group 2 – Born in 2018: How to Tuck in Your Sleepy Lion
    • Group 3 – Born in 2017: Busy Farm
    • Group 4 – Born in 2016: Pants
    • Group 5 – Born in 2015: The Wolf Who Cried Boy!
    • Group 6 – Born in 2014: Luna Loves Library Day
  • March
    • Group 1 – Born in 2019: Baby Touch Star
    • Group 2 – Born in 2018: Peppa Pig: Shapes
    • Group 3 – Born in 2017: Rosie’s Walk
    • Group 4 – Born in 2016: Chapatti Moon
    • Group 5 – Born in 2015: I Can Only Draw Worms
    • Group 6 – Born in 2014: First Fabulous Facts: Planet Earth
  • April
    • Group 1 – Born in 2019: Eyes, Nose, Toes, Peekaboo
    • Group 2 – Born in 2018: Baa, Baa, Black Sheep
    • Group 3 – Born in 2017: Sleep Tight Very Hungry Caterpillar
    • Group 4 – Born in 2016: Loo Queue
    • Group 5 – Born in 2015: Plenty of Love to Go Round
    • Group 6 – Born in 2014: Alison Hubble
  • May
    • Group 1 – Born in 2019: Hello Baby
    • Group 2 – Born in 2018: Whose Feet?
    • Group 3 – Born in 2017: My First Book of Nursery Rhymes
    • Group 4 – Born in 2016: The Giant Jumperee
    • Group 5 – Born in 2015: All Join In
    • Group 6 – Born in 2014: Eric!
  • June
  • July

earlyyears@northlincs.gov.uk
01724 296652

Imagination Library
Scunthorpe Central
Business Integration Administration (3rd Floor)
Carlton Street
Scunthorpe
North Lincolnshire
DN15 6TX

Monday to Thursday: 9am to 5pm
Friday: 9am to 4.30pm