The 1000 Books Foundation is a Nevada 501(c)(3) non-profit public charity which operates the nationwide (and in Canada) 1000 Books Before Kindergarten challenge.  The concept is simple, the rewards are priceless.  Read a book (any book) to your newborn, infant, and/or toddler. The goal is to have read 1,000 books (yes, you can repeat books) before your precious one start kindergarten.  The 1000 Books Foundation provides useful information and resources to parents and caregivers and enables libraries, schools, churches, and other non-profit entities to host 1000 Books Before Kindergarten challenges in their local community.


We provide an innovative, yet fun approach to establishing strong early literacy skills. Parents and caregivers keep track of the books that they read to their children.  Parents and caregivers can use log sheets, journals, or even our iPhone and Android App to track their reading.  We help parents and caregivers give their young children the confidence necessary to become strong readers and successful in school and life.

Who is eligible to enroll?
All children, living in Coffey County, who have not yet entered kindergarten are eligible. This usually means ages birth thru 5.

Why Read 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten?
Children get ready to read long before they begin school. Their early experiences with books and language lay the foundation for future reading success. Experts identify six important pre-reading skills necessary to best prepare a child for reading development prior to age six. When parents read to their child they are helping them to learn these skills and are encouraging them to be an avid reader.

What books count?
All books your child has read or listened to may be logged, whether from the library or home. Books may be logged if they were read by parents, librarians, daycare providers, and older siblings. The same book may be logged as many times as you read it.

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is a book gifting program that mails free, high-quality books to children from birth until they begin school, no matter their family’s income.

After launching in 1995, the program grew quickly. First books were only distributed to children living in Sevier County, Tennessee where Dolly grew up. It became such a success that in 2000 a national replication effort was underway. By 2003, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library had mailed one million books. It would prove to be the first of many millions of books sent to children around the world.

Dolly’s home state of Tennessee pledged to pursue statewide coverage in 2004 and global expansion was on the horizon. After the United States, the program launched in Canada in 2006 followed by the United Kingdom in 2007, Australia in 2013 and the Republic of Ireland in 2019.

What is the Dolly Parton Imagination Library?
It sounds too simple to be true, but by reading regularly with your children during their preschool years, you are giving them the biggest boost toward a successful education they will ever get.

Research has shown that children who have access to books and are read to are better prepared for kindergarten, have improved third grade reading test scores, and are more likely to graduate on time from high school.  Together, we can give your child the opportunity they deserve for a successful life!

Each month, a new, carefully-selected book will be mailed directly to your home for your child.  He/she can look forward to new and exciting reading adventures from Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library until he/she turns five years old as long as you remain a resident of Coffey, Lyon, Morris and Osage counties.  Should the child move outside the service area, he/she automatically exits the program.  Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is a FREE GIFT to our children thanks to the organizations listed above!

Who is eligible?
Children birth to five living in Coffey, Lyon, Morris and Osage counties.

What are my responsibilities?
Simply submit the registration form completely filled out by a parent or guardian.

Located in San Francisco, California, the Exploratorium is a public learning laboratory exploring the world through science, art, and human perception.

Our mission is to create inquiry-based experiences that transform learning worldwide. Our vision is a world where people think for themselves and can confidently ask questions, question answers, and understand the world around them. We value lifelong learning and teaching, curiosity and inquiry, our community, iteration and evidence, integrity and authenticity, sustainability, and inclusion and respect.

We create tools and experiences that help you to become an active explorer: hundreds of explore-for-yourself exhibits, a website with over 35,000 pages of content, film screenings, evening art and science events for adults, plus much more. We also create professional development programs for educators, and are at the forefront of changing the way science is taught. We share our exhibits and expertise with museums worldwide.

First introduced in 1945, the Scholastic Credo and Editorial Platform is a statement of our corporate values and mission. It remains largely unchanged since 1970.

Scholastic is the world's largest publisher and distributor of children's books, connecting educators and families through accessibility, engagement, and expertise. We are a leading provider of literacy curriculum, professional services, and classroom magazines, and a producer of educational and popular children’s media. Scholastic is currently in 115,000 schools, reaching 3.8 million educators, 54 million students, and 78 million parents/caregivers domestically.