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Imagination Library

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.

Imagination library logo with books

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.

Sign up for Imagination Library ideas sheets

Sign up for the Imagination Library monthly ideas sheets containing ideas and activities for the Imagination Library Books you receive each month

Imagination Library feedback

Your feedback is important to us and helps influence the selection of future books. Please tell us what you think by completing the feedback form below.

All children under five in North Lincolnshire can receive a free book every month from the Imagination Library. Sign your child up from birth and they’ll receive 60 books in total to help start a lifelong love of books and reading.

Once your child has graduated from the scheme, continue sharing stories together through your local library.

As children’s reading ability improves, they will often like to go back and read for themselves the books they got when they were younger. Even if you think your child has grown out of one of their books, it’s a good idea to keep it. They’ll probably love to rediscover it for themselves in a few months – or even years.

Continue Sharing Stories

Once a child turns five, they’ll graduate from the Imagination Library, however this is just the start of a lifelong love of books and reading.

You can continue sharing stories with your children for free through your local library. Our children’s libraries have thousands of books for your child to choose from, for all different ages, so you can continue to develop their vocabulary, reading and communication skills together.

If you want to buy some books, why not look out for ones in the same series as those your child loved from the Imagination Library?

Re-gifting the Imagination Library Books

Once your child has graduated from the Imagination Library, you may want to re-gift your books. You could give your books to family and friends with young children. Even if they live in North Lincolnshire and are signed-up to the Imagination Library, some of the books change year-on-year so they will likely get different ones.

September 2021

Group 1 – born in 2021: Peekaboo Moo!

Peekaboo Moo! [PDF, 3Mb]is a lovely first lift-the-flap book. Build excitement by making the sound of the farmyard animal before you lift the flap. Wait, watch and see what your baby does – maybe a smile, a sound or they might reach out to touch the book.

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Group 2 – born in 2020: What’s that? At home

What’s That? At Home [PDF, 664Kb]

Group 3 – born in 2019: Hey Duggee – The Tooth Brushing Badge

Hey Duggee – The Tooth Brushing Badge [PDF, 2Mb] – A lovely book which helps children learn how to brush their teeth. When cleaning your child’s teeth, talk about what you are doing, just like they do in the story.

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Group 4 – born in 2018: Jonathan the Magic Pony

Jonathan the Magic Pony [PDF, 3Mb] – A delightfully silly and funny book. Join in and shout out ‘BOOOMF!’ every time Jonathan uses his magic wand

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Group 5 – born in 2017: You Choose Fairy Tales

You Choose Fairy Tales [PDF, 2Mb] – In this book your child can make up their own fairy tale adventure and choose what happens next.  As you read, talk to your child and discuss the questions in the book.

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Group 6 – born in 2016: Mr Big

Mr Big [PDF, 3Mb] – Mr Big is extremely BIG! Wherever he goes, all anyone can see if someone BIG and scary.  Will Mr Big ever manage to make friends? Will someone realise that a true friend can come in  any shape or size?

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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. 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.

August

Group 1 – Born in 2021: Is This My Nose ideas sheet [PDF, 1Mb]
Group 2 – Born in 2020:  Baby Touch Vehicles ideas sheet [PDF, 1Mb]
Group 3 – Born in 2019:  There’s a Superhero in your Book ideas sheet [PDF, 1Mb]
Group 4 – Born in 2018:  Pete’s a Pizza ideas sheet [PDF, 2Mb]
Group 5 – Born in 2017:  Dog Loves Counting ideas sheet [PDF, 2Mb]
Group 6 – Born in 2016:  Baby on Board ideas sheet [PDF, 1Mb]

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Contact

01724 296652