May 29th, 2013

WATCH: Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library sends high quality, age-appropriate books to thousands of children each month until their fifth birthday. That’s 60 free books for those who join at birth. What started in 1996 as a gift for Parton’s hometown has spread to 1,400 communities across the United States, England and Canada and has given children almost 50 million free books.

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This program is made possible by the following funders:
Grade Level Reading Fund of the Tides Foundation, The Wallace Foundation, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and the Tietz Family Foundation.


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Dear Dolly,
What about teaching kids HOW TO READ, before loading them up with books. Let’s do this, set up a SKYPE free tutoring service whereby we use Sing, Spell, Read & Write to tutor the kids. You buy the kits and we tutor the kids. THEN give the kids books to read. Giving kids who can’t read, books, only sets them up for failure.
Email me if you’re interested.




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