Dolly Parton's Imagination Library

Dolly Parton's Imagination Library is a free book-gifting programme launched in 1995 by the singer. Doncaster Council are proud to launch this programme in our area.

All children aged 0-5 years in the Doncaster area are eligible to join our free book-gifting scheme.

Your child will receive a book from our continually updated library every month ABSOLUTELY FREE!

Enjoying books together strengthens the existing bond between parent and child. Evidence suggests that children who participate in shared reading are better prepared for school. Nurturing your child’s reading skills will enhance not only their language and communication skills, but also promote their social, emotional and physical development. Co-reading aids children in exploring and understanding the world around them as well as expanding their imagination. Children love the sound of language; reading together promotes a fun and captivating learning environment for your child.

Begin your child's journey by signing up today!

How to register:

  • Online by completing the form below, or visiting the Imagination Library website.
  • Call 01302 736519
  • Visit your child's school, nursery or childminder, local library or children’s centre and complete a paper form
  • Post the paper form to Doncaster's Imagination Library, Early Years Service, Floor 3, The Civic Office, Waterdale, Doncaster, DN1 3BU.

Doncaster's Imagination Library Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Imagination Library?

The Imagination Library sends a book in the post every month to each enrolled child. The scheme begins at birth and ends on a child’s fifth birthday. Every child who lives in Doncaster, will be eligible for the scheme. 

Do parents have to pay for the books?

No. The books are completely free and all children living in Doncaster, who are registered for the scheme, will receive a free new book every month until their fifth birthday.

Who is eligible?

Any child under the age of 5 years old, living in Doncaster, is eligible. The child’s postcode must be within the boundary of Doncaster. Children under 5 years old who move into Doncaster from another area will also be eligible until the scheme closes.  Their new postcode must be within the boundary of Doncaster. Children living outside Doncaster but attending a nursery or primary school run within the Doncaster boundary will be eligible. Any child leaving Doncaster who no longer has a Doncaster postcode will cease to be eligible, with the exception of those children attending a Doncaster run setting within the Doncaster boundary as above.

When does the scheme start and end?

The scheme begins on the 1st April 2016 and is scheduled to continue until the end of the 2017/18 academic year or until the allocated funding has been used

How does a parent register for the scheme?

The quickest and easiest way to register for the scheme is to register online by completing the following:

Registration takes minutes.

Problems with registering online?

We have received some reports that people are experiencing problems with the registration form above. If this is the case, please use the alternative registration methods listed below:
  • Call 01302 736519
  • Visit their child's school, nursery or childminder, local library or children’s centre and complete a paper form
  • Post their paper form to Doncaster's Imagination Library, Early Years Service, Floor 3, The Civic Office, Waterdale, Doncaster, DN1 3BU.
The information you are providing is being collected for and will be passed to the Dolly Parton Imagination Library to enable your child(ren) to receive books on a monthly basis until their fifth birthday free of charge. Your information may also be shared with other relevant Departments within the Council and other relevant partner organisations where appropriate and the law allows. If you wish to cancel your subscription please contact Doncaster's Imagination Library (contact details above). 

 How long does it take for the first book to arrive?

Parents can expect to receive the first book around 8 weeks after registration.

What sort of books are sent to the children?

Penguin Random House publishes all Imagination Library books. All books are carefully chosen to ensure that they are age appropriate. Children will receive a range of books which include children’s classics, popular characters and contemporary titles in both hardback and paperback format. To see an example of the booklist please use the link on the right hand side of this page.

What happens if a child moves house?

The child's parent should contact Doncaster's Imagination Library via email: or by calling 01302 736519.

Where do I go if I have further questions?

Parents should email or call 01302 736519.

More information about the work of the Imagination Library in the UK and worldwide can be found via the Imagination Library website

Last updated: 27 November 2018 12:05:00