Feb 102017
 

Congratulations!  Signing up for Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library through My First Books South Carolina is the first step to helping your child develop the literacy skills needed to be successful in school.

Now that your child is enrolled, here are a few things you can expect:

  1. Each month in the mail, your child will receive an age-appropriate book selected by a team of literacy experts.
  2. Inside the back cover of each book, you will find a list of activities you can do before, during, and after reading to build your child’s skills and foster their love of learning.
  3. Your child’s first book will be The Litte Engine That Could.  In following months, they will receive a new book based on the year they were born.  To see which books your child might receive this year, click on their birth year – 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, or 2017.
  4. As long as you live in South Carolina and your address remains up to date, your child will continue to receive books each month until their 5th birthday.  For their 5th birthday, they will receive Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come!

If you are moving, please contact us to update your address to prevent delivery interruptions.

Feb 092017
 

Love reading?  You’ll love keeping track of how often you read with this Valentine’s Day-inspired tracker.

Click on the link below to download and print the tracker, then simply color a Valentine’s heart every day you read at least 15 minutes with your child.

Reading with your child just 15 minutes a day exposes them to over 1 million words per year!

Download February Reading Tracker (PDF)

Feb 052017
 

If I Built a Car

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library mails a new, age-appropriate books to a child every month until their 5th birthday.  For children born in 2012, but haven’t yet turned 5, they can expect to receive some of these Blue Ribbon books selected for Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, containing the following age-appropriate characteristics:

  • School preparation and readiness
  • Use rebus (pictures used for words)
  • Science – non-fiction
  • Folk tales
  • Thank you, appreciation
  • Rhymes and poetry

In addition to promoting age-appropriate language and literacy skills, books are chosen to promote a love of reading and learning; regard for diversity of people, their roles, culture, and environment; promotion of self-esteem and confidence, appreciation of art and aesthetics.

Blue Ribbon selections for children born in 2012 are:

 

Interested in the book list for other ages?

 

Feb 042017
 

The Perfect Present

Your 4-year-old’s language skills are expanding so quickly! In addition to speaking more complex sentences, they are beginning to associate specific letters with sounds.  To nuture their love of reading, these Blue Ribbon books selected for Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library contain the following age-appropriate characteristics:

  • School preparation and readiness
  • Use rebus (pictures used for words)
  • Science – non-fiction
  • Folk tales
  • Thank you, appreciation
  • Rhymes and poetry

They also build on concepts such as:

  • More complex stories – hero, complication, resolution
  • Diversity of others – faces, environment – OK to be different
  • Play, humor, fun
  • Nursery rhymes and poetry

In addition to promoting age-appropriate language and literacy skills, books are chosen to promote a love of reading and learning; regard for diversity of people, their roles, culture, and environment; promotion of self-esteem and confidence, appreciation of art and aesthetics.

Blue Ribbon selections for children born in 2013 are:

 

Interested in the book list for other ages?

Feb 032017
 

Little Owl’s Night

Your 3-year-old’s little brain is amazing! They can now listen to and understand conversations, stories, songs and poems.  They even understand that the letters in books are telling readers what to say!  The Blue Ribbon books selected for Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library contain the following age-appropriate characteristics to foster your 3-year-old’s language skills and imagination:

  • More complex stories – hero, complication, resolution
  • Diversity of others – faces, environment – OK to be different
  • Play, humor, fun
  • Nursery rhymes and poetry

They also build on concepts such as:

  • Wordless books – build your own story (reader and child)
  • Values and character
  • Issues – fear, conflict, love, safety
  • Colors, letters, numbers
  • Nursery rhymes

In addition to promoting age-appropriate language and literacy skills, books are chosen to promote a love of reading and learning; regard for diversity of people, their roles, culture, and environment; promotion of self-esteem and confidence, appreciation of art and aesthetics.

Blue Ribbon selections for children born in 2014 are:

 

Interested in the book list for other ages?

Feb 022017
 

Almost 60,000 books sent to children in South Carolina!  Imagine if each book was read for just 15 minutes.

That’s a combined total of 892,140 minutes or 620 days of reading!!

Feb 022017
 

Just One More

By now, your 2-year-old can sing the ABCs and even pretends to read. Laying the foundation for reading and writing, these Blue Ribbon books have been hand-selected by Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library literacy experts for containing characteristics specific to their age appropriateness including:

  • Wordless books – build your own story (reader and child)
  • Values and character
  • Issues – fear, conflict, love, safety
  • Colors, letters, numbers
  • Nursery rhymes

They also build on concepts such as:

  • Repetition and predictability – generate language
  • Motor skills
  • “Self-help” activities – things children can do, things familiar in their daily life
  • Use of real photo illustration
  • Body awareness
  • Nursery rhymes
  • Colors, letters, numbers

In addition to promoting age-appropriate language and literacy skills, books are chosen to promote a love of reading and learning; regard for diversity of people, their roles, culture, and environment; promotion of self-esteem and confidence, appreciation of art and aesthetics.

Blue Ribbon selections for children born in 2015 are:

 

Interested in the book list for other ages?

Feb 012017
 

Good Night Gorilla

Your 1-year-old may not be able to read just yet, but their brain is rapidly developing.  To help your child develop the literacy and language skills needed to be successful later in life, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library Blue Ribbon books contain characteristics specific to their age appropriateness including:

  • Repetition and predictability – generate language
  • Motor skills
  • “Self-help” activities – things children can do, things familiar in their daily life
  • Use of real photo illustration
  • Body awareness
  • Nursery rhymes
  • Colors, letters, numbers

They also build on concepts such as:

  • Vision – bright, big, colorful
  • Touch – board pages
  • Rhyme and rhythm
  • Simple – easy to use
  • Minimal text – point and say
  • Playful sound
  • Nurture – attachment- lullaby themes

In addition to promoting age-appropriate language and literacy skills, books are chosen to promote a love of reading and learning; regard for diversity of people, their roles, culture, and environment; promotion of self-esteem and confidence, appreciation of art and aesthetics.

Blue Ribbon selections for children born in 2016 are:

 

Interested in the book list for other ages?

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