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.

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.

Group 1 – born in 2021

Baby Touch Faces[PDF, 1.76Mb] – Babies love looking at faces. Faces will fascinate your baby and help them to bond with those around them. Cuddle up close with this book and allow plenty of time for your baby to look at each picture.

Group 2 – born in 2020

My First Body Group [PDF, 1.69Mb] – Help your child learn all about parts of their body. Board books make it easy to help your baby turn the pages and share it with you.

Group 3 – born in 2019

The Very Hungry Caterpillar [PDF, 1.91Mb] – This story is great for learning early counting skills. Point to the food as you read the words and count along with the pictures.

Group 4 – born in 2018

Bedtime in the Jungle – Learn to count from one to ten with the baby animals as they settle down to sleep. Snuggle up with your little one and make this rhyming book part of your bedtime routine.

Group 5 – born in 2017

Mabel and the Mountain [PDF, 1.92Mb] – Mabel is a fly with big ideas, she wants to climb a mountain and make friends with a shark! Talk to your child about some new things which they would like to try.

Group 6 – born in 2016

Look Up [PDF 1.84Mb] – Rocket is a girl who wants to be the greatest astronaut, star catcher and space traveller that has ever lived. Share this story and join Rocket on her mission to see a meteor shower.

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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