For just $33 a year, a South Carolina child receives a book in the mail each month! 

"Here I go dreaming big again - I'm thrilled to be working with Palmetto Project to make the Imagination Library available to every preschool child in South Carolina!"

Dolly Parton

SC KIDS STARTING BEHIND

In South Carolina, it is estimated that one-third of South Carolina children do not have the literacy skills needed to be successful in kindergarten. The single most important activity to prepare a child for a life of learning is to read frequently with the child.

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BOOKS IN HOME ARE KEY

Research has shown that children growing up in homes with books get three years more schooling than children from bookless homes, regardless of income or their parents’ education.

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MORE KIDS KINDERGARTEN READY

My First Books SC is preparing SC children for kindergarten and a lifetime of success by helping them build a home library.  More than 34,000 children across the state are receiving books through this remarkable initiative.

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60,700 children under age 6 read with family members less than 3 days per week.

The single most important activity to prepare a child for a life of learning was to read frequently with the child, preferably every single day.

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Imagination Library

THE FACTS

As many as one-third of South Carolina children enter kindergarten without the literacy skills they need to succeed.  By simply providing new age-appropriate books to children and encouraging families to read together daily, we are working to change that.

3rd Graders

66.7% of SC third graders testing below state standards in reading.

8th Graders

51.7% of SC eighth graders testing below state standards in reading.

No children books

60% of low-income SC families do not have a single book suitable for a child.

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My First Books SC provides a new book each month to all South Carolina children under age five… at no cost to the child’s family.

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