We signed Goose up for Dolly Parton's Imagination Library program as soon as she was born. She was on a waiting list for a few months, and started getting books when she was a little over 6 months old. The program here is administered by the United Way. Each month, until age 5, she receives a free book.
So far we've received:
The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper
This book is always the first book sent by the Dolly Parton Imagination Library
Peter Rabbit: Rainbow Shapes & Colors
Goose loved this book when she was a bit younger.
Winnie the Pooh's Opposites
Goose has always loved this book. Simple illustrations in the older style of Winnie the Pooh, simple opposites. A quick read but quite enjoyable.
Father and Son by Denizé Lauture
Nicely illustrated, but Goose just wasn't taken by it.
Goodnight, Gorilla by Peggy Rathmann
LOVE IT! Very few words, the story is told in the pictures. Every time we sit down to read this one, I have to read it over and over and over. Cute story.
Pouch by David Ezra Stein
Story about a kangaroo with separation anxiety. In the end, he finds a friend and doesn't have to keep going back into the pouch to hide from the world.
A Mother for Choco by Keiko Kasza
A very nice book about adoption. A bird is looking for his mother and is finally taken in by a bear, who is also the mother of an alligator, a hippopotamus, and a pig. Families are made in lots of different ways.
All of Baby, Nose to Toes by Victoria Adler
Nice rhythm, good for body part identification. Cute illustrations.
Sleep, Baby, Sleep by Maryann Cusimano Love and Maria van Lieshout
Beautifully illustrated, nice rhythm for a soothing bedtime story.
A Mud Pie for Mother by Scott Beck
The little pig goes around trying to get things for his mother's birthday present, and while he struggles, he ends up with just what he needs for a perfect gift for his mother.
ABC Look at Me by Roberta Grobel Intrater
Nice photos of babies with descriptive words for each letter.
Over in the Meadow by Ezra Jack Keats
Another beautifully illustrated book with nice rhymes. Also good learning animals and for counting (1-10).
I highly recommend the following four books. They'd make great gifts as well!
Over in the Meadow
Good Night, Gorilla
A Mother for Choco
Sleep, Baby, Sleep
The Dolly Parton Imagination Library is awesome and a great way to build a good library for your little reader. I encourage you to donate to support the project if you are able.