Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is a 60 volume set of books beginning with the children’s classic The Tale of Peter Rabbit. Each month a new, carefully selected book will be delivered to your home and addressed to your child.
Best of all it is a Free GIFT! There is no cost or obligation to your family.
Who is Eligible?
Pre-school children ages birth to five who are connected with the Grimsby Institute .
When will i receive books?
Eight to ten weeks after your registration form has been received, books will begin arriving at your home and will continue until your child turns five or you are no longer connected with the Grimsby Institute.
What are my responsibilities?
- Be connected with the Grimsby Institute .
- Complete and submit an official registration form. The form must be completed by the parent or guardian and approved by Little Stars Day Nursery where it will be kept on file.
- Notify Little Stars Day Nursery any time your address changes. Books are sent to the address on this registration form. If the child’s address changes, you must notify your local sponsor at the address on this card in order to continue receiving books.
- Read with your child.
Importance of reading
The importance of reading starts from an early age children need to learn to turn pages, how to look after and respect books and know to read from left to right.
If we look at the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) even from birth to 11 months there is a quote of, ‘Enjoys looking at books and other printed material with familiar people’. By ensuring children meet such developmental stages enables them to meet milestones such as ‘Can segment the sounds in simple words and blend them together and knows which letters represent some of them’ (EYFS) which is a key aspect for a child who is 40-60+ months.
Parental engagement in reading with young children is vital and this is a key reason why we wanted to become part of the Dolly Parton imagination library. The institute of education (2013) states that, ‘children who are read to regularly by their parents at age 5 perform better in tests at age 16 than those who were not’.
Reading should be a pleasurable learning experience which develops so many other areas of children’s learning and development such as Personal, social and emotional, mathematics and knowledge and understanding of the world as well as communication, language and literacy to name a few.
‘Children who read for pleasure make more progress in maths, vocabulary and spelling between the ages of 10 and 16 than those who rarely read’ this is stated by the Institute of education (2013).
What parents say
Parents were delighted that we were providing them with the opportunity to be the first in the area to join the Dolly Parton Imagination Library they thought the benefits of children receiving their own book through the post was endless and they really enjoyed the launch day.