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.

Celebrating 10 years of the Imagination Library in North Lincolnshire

Adults and children celebrating the tenth anniversary of the Imagination Library with a special Peter Rabbit cake.

Since its launch in 2013 more than 800,000 free books have been delivered to more than 20,000 local children, supporting all children under five to develop a love of books and reading for pleasure.

The 10th anniversary of the Imagination Library in North Lincolnshire was celebrated by the council and representatives from The Dollywood Foundation – which initiated the scheme.

To raise awareness of this incredible achievement and to further celebrate the joy and benefits reading brings, we are inviting all North Lincolnshire residents to take part in the North Lincolnshire Year of Reading.  Find out more on the Year of Reading webpage.

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.

Singing Together playlist

Singing Together is a collection of songs sung by local parents and early years practitioners. There is no accompaniment and the songs have been sung slowly so that you can hear the words and the children can join in.

Wherever you are, take the chance to talk and sing together. It really doesn’t matter whether we can sing in tune – it’s the being together and having fun that really matters.

Listen to the songs and have fun singing & talking together!

Download the words to the songs – Singing Together [PDF, 141Kb]

This playlist has been produced by a partnership of North Lincolnshire early years practitioners, parents, speech & language therapists and Tots on Tour Ltd Lincolnshire UK.
www.totsontour.co.uk   www.inproductionmusic.com

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.

In 2023 we will be celebrating 10 years of the hugely successful North Lincolnshire Imagination Library programme. We have delivered over 800,000 books to more than 20,000 children living in North Lincolnshire, supporting all our children under 5 to develop a love of books and reading for pleasure.

To raise awareness of this incredible achievement and to further celebrate the joy and benefits reading brings, we are inviting all North Lincolnshire residents to take part in the North Lincolnshire Year of Reading.

Over the year we will be offering a range of exciting reading themed events, activities and workshops for children, young people, families and adults. This will include author, illustrator, poet and creative events, plus theatre, storytelling, competitions and much more! Find out more on the Year of Reading webpage.

May 2023

Group 1 – Born in 2023 – Hello Peter

Find out about Peter and how he spends his day. Before Peter goes off to bed, he’s having lots of fun playing and getting up to mischief.
A perfect book to share with your little one at any time of the day.

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Group 2 – Born in 2022 – Whose Stripes?

Read the rhyming words together with your child and talk about what you can see in the pictures. Explore the patterns and guess the animal it belongs to. Lift up the flap with your child to see if you are right

For more ideas:

Group 3 – Born in 2021 – Meg and Mog

Meg and Mog are off to a party with all of their friends. But one of Meg’s spells doesn’t work as planned!
Can your child copy the noises in the book such as ‘whoo, whoo,’ ‘clip, clop’ and ‘meow.’

For more ideas:

Group 4 – Born in 2020 – Flip Flap Find Counting 1 2 3 Farm with a Ladybird

Count the animal eggs from 1 to 10. Can you guess what will hatch?
Peep through the holes and flip the flaps to find out!

For more ideas:

Group 5 – Born in 2019 – Do you know animal families

What are baby animals called? What is in an egg?
Find out all about tadpoles, chicks and sleepy lions in this information book.

For more ideas:

Group 6 – Born in 2018 – Clean up!

When you work as a team, you can change the world… Rocket can’t wait to visit her grandparents on their beautiful island, but she soon sees how plastic pollution is spoiling the beaches and endangering sea creatures.

For more ideas:

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.

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