Imagination Library

mother and child

Dolly Parton's Imagination Library 

The Great Start Collaborative is proud to announce that with the help of St. Clair County RESA, United Way of St. Clair County and other local donors Imagination Library is now available to every child in St. Clair County who is between 0-5 years old.

What is Imagination Library? 

Imagination Library was started in 1996 by Dolly Parton. The program provides registered children a new book each month from the month of birth until their fifth birthday.

Who is eligible?

Every 0-5 year old child living in St. Clair County is eligible to register for Imagination Library. 

How does the program work?

Once your child is enrolled, he or she will receive one book per month until his/her fifth birthday. Each child will receive the first book in the mail approximately 8-10 weeks after enrollment. The books children receive are specifically chosen by a panel of early childhood specialists and are determined by the Imagination Library Program.

What are my responsibilities as a Parent?

How do I register my child?

If you live in St. Clair County and have a child between the ages of 0 and 5 years old you can fill out a registration form or call (810) 455-4015. Children graduate from the program on their 5th birthday.

How can I make a donation?

The Imagination Library in St. Clair County is funded through St. Clair County RESA, United Way of St. Clair County, and other local donors. The program costs approximately $25 per child per year. That is just over $2 a book. If you would like to help keep this program going and "Sponsor a Child" with a $25 donation please mail your check to:

St. Clair County RESA
Imagination Library
499 Range Road
Marysville, MI 48040

Your donation will help bring literacy to the lives of children in St. Clair County.

  • $25 gives one child a book a month for one year.
  • $125 gives one child a book a month for five years. 

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Program Data

Imagination Library Books

The books for Imagination Library are always changing in order to give a large variety of books to families with multiple children. Examples of past titles include:

Llama Llama Red Pajama
Little Loon and Papa
Ladybug Girl and Bumblebee Boy
A Place Called Kindergarten
A House is a House For Me 
My First Songs
Peekaboo Morning
Gingerbread Man
Where's Spot?
Skippy Jon Jones: Up and Down
Corduroy Goes to the Doctor
Blueberries for Sal
The House that Jack Built
The Snowy Day