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Thursday, December 29, 2016

December Books & Mailing Dates

In December 2016, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library sent 1,012,761 books to children around the world. That brings the total number of books mailed to 85,419,000!




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Here is a list of the free books mailed in December 2016 for all countries. This list includes mailing dates.

Welcome Book - First book sent to registered children

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"The Little Engine That Could" Written by Watty Piper & Illustrated by George & Doris Hauman

Welcome Book - First book sent to registered children
Australia - “Where is the Green Sheep?” - 12/15/16
Canada - "The Little Engine That Could" - 12/1/16
United Kingdom - "The Tale of Peter Rabbit" - 10/12/16
USA - "The Little Engine That Could" - 12/5/16


Group 1 - Registered Children Born in 2016

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“Where’s My Nose?” By Susan Ring & Pictures By Stephanie Peterson

Group 1 - Registered Children Born in 2016
Australia - “Fancy That!” - 12/15/16
Canada - “Where’s My Nose?” - 12/1/16
United Kingdom - “Tomblibloos: The Happy Waving Game” - 10/12/16
USA - “Where’s My Nose?” - 12/9/16




Group 2 - Registered Children Born in 2015

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“Llama Llama Red Pajama” By Anna Dewdney

Group 2 - Registered Children Born in 2015
Australia - "Sophie’s Big Bed" - 12/15/16
Canada - “Llama Llama Red Pajama” - 12/1/16
United Kingdom - "One Little Baby Birthday” - 10/12/16
USA - “Llama Llama Red Pajama” - 12/8/16




Group 3 - Registered Children Born in 2014

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“King Jack and the Dragon” By Peter Bently & Helen Oxenbury

Group 3 - Registered Children Born in 2014
Australia - "Tom Tom" - 12/15/16
Canada - "The Story of Ferdinand" - 12/1/16
United Kingdom - “Goodnight Pirate" - 10/12/16  
USA - "King Jack and the Dragon" - 12/6/16



Group 4 - Registered Children Born in 2013

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“The Snowy Day" By Ezra Jack Keats

Group 4 - Registered Children Born in 2013
Australia - "Davy & The Duckling” - 12/15/16
Canada -  “Little Chicken Duck" - 12/1/16
United Kingdom - “Five Minutes To Bed!” A Ladybird Skullabones Island Picture Book - 10/12/16
USA - “The Snowy Day" - 12/6/16





Group 5 - Registered Children Born in 2012

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"Peace is an Offering" Words by Annette LeBox & Pictures by Stephanie Graegin

Group 5 - Registered Children Born in 2012
Australia - "A Forest" - 12/15/16
Canada -  "Wanda and the Frogs" - 12/1/16
United Kingdom - “The Snowman” - 10/12/16
USA - "Peace is an Offering" - 12/5/16





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“Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come!” by Nancy Carlson

Graduation Book - Last book children receive when they graduate from the program
Australia - “Starting School” - 12/15/16
Canada - “Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come!” - 12/1/16
United Kingdom - "Just Imagine" - 10/12/16
USA - “Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come!” - 12/1/16





Monday, December 12, 2016

Smoky Mountains Rise telethon benefiting the Dollywood Foundation's My People Fund

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Dolly Parton plans Smoky Mountains Rise Telethon: A Benefit for the Dollywood Foundation's My People Fund


On Nov. 28, devastating wildfires burned some 17,000 acres in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The fires also affected parts of Gatlinburg and Sevier County, TN. Sadly, 14 people lost their lives in these terrible fires, and over 100 confirmed injuries were reported. Over 14,000 people were evacuated during the fires which damaged or destroyed more than 1,700 structures (homes, businesses and churches).

Sevier County is home to Dolly Parton and many of her businesses including the Dollywood Company and the Dollywood Foundation. In a video message on Dec. 1, Dolly announced a new effort by The Dollywood Company and The Dollywood Foundation to establish a fund to assist the victims of the Great Smoky Mountain wildfires in Tennessee. The My People Fund will provide $1000 each month for up to six months to Sevier County families who lost their homes in the wildfires.

Shortly after announcing the My People Fund a host of celebrities and entertainers pledged their support to the ongoing efforts and plans were made for Smoky Mountains Rise Telethon: A Benefit for the My People Fund.

Hank Williams Jr., Cyndi Lauper, Alabama, Don McLean, Ronnie Dunn, Jamey Johnson and Lauren Alaina have been added to the star-studded telecast, which will be broadcast on GAC, AXS-TV, RFD-TV and The Heartland Network.



During the telethon, viewers will be asked to call 1-866-CARE MORE to donate to the My People Fund.




A number of celebrities will answer phones during the telethon. Paula Deen and her sons Bobby and Jamie, RaeLynn, Dailey & Vincent, Moonshiners’ Mark & Digger, T.G. Sheppard, Jason Crabb, Larry Gatlin, comedian Henry Cho, Tim Rushlow and more will help man the phone lines during the telethon. All of the celebrities are donating their time and performances to help the effort. Dolly said,


“Every day I’m touched even more by the number of people who are joining us to help raise money for the people of the Smoky Mountains. It is a special place and I’m honored that these people care so much about what we’re doing through the My People Fund to help those who have lost everything due to the wildfires.”


About My People Fund
On Dec. 1 Dolly Parton announced a new effort by The Dollywood Foundation, The Dollywood Company and all her dinner show attractions including Dixie Stampede, Lumberjack Adventure and Pirates Voyage to establish a fund to assist the victims of the Great Smoky Mountain wildfires in Tennessee. The My People Fund will provide $1000 each month for up to six months to Sevier County families who lost their homes.




For those wishing to send donations via mail, those contributions should be sent to: My People Fund, c/o Dollywood Foundation, 111 Dollywood Lane, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863.


Please help the Dollywood Foundation share the word about this effort by using the hashtags #MyPeopleFund and #someplacespecial.

About The Dollywood Foundation
The Dollywood Foundation was established by Dolly Parton in 1988. The non-profit organization's early mission was devoted to serving the needs of children in Sevier County through scholarships. Dolly Parton's Imagination Library, a global book gifting organization which began in Sevier County, is considered the flagship program of the Dollywood Foundation. The My People Fund is yet another example of the Foundation's dedication to serving the needs of the people in Dolly's home county.  






Wednesday, November 30, 2016

November Books & Mailing Dates

In November, 989,722 books were sent to children around the world. That brings the total number of books mailed to 84,383,190!


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Here is a list of the free books mailed in November 2016 for all countries. This list includes mailing dates.



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"The Little Engine That Could" Written by Watty Piper & Illustrated by George & Doris Hauman


Welcome Book - First book sent to registered children
Australia - “Where is the Green Sheep?” - 11/11/16
Canada - "The Little Engine That Could" - 11/1/16
United Kingdom - "The Tale of Peter Rabbit" - 10/11/16
USA - "The Little Engine That Could" - 11/1/16



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“I Love My Mommy Because...” By Laurel Porter-Gaylord & Pictures By Ashley Wolff


Group 1 - Registered Children Born in 2016
Australia - “Five Little Ducks” - 11/11/16
Canada - “Corduroy Goes to the Doctor” - 11/1/16
United Kingdom - “Whose...Spots?” - 10/11/16
USA - “I Love My Mommy Because...” - 11/9/16


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“ABC Look at Me” By Roberta Grobel Intrater



Group 2 - Registered Children Born in 2015
Australia - "Little Kiwi" - 11/11/16
Canada - “ABC Look at Me” - 11/1/16
United Kingdom - "In the Night Garden: Songs and Rhymes” - 10/11/16
USA - “ABC Look at Me” - 11/8/16




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“Tomie dePaola's Mother Goose”



Group 3 - Registered Children Born in 2014
Australia - "Duck Sock Hop" - 11/11/16
Canada - "Tomie dePaola's Mother Goose" - 11/1/16
United Kingdom - Ladybird lift-the-flap book: “Busy Building Site" - 10/11/16  
USA - "Tomie dePaola's Mother Goose" - 11/8/16

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“Peanut Butter & Cupcake!" By Terry Border



Group 4 - Registered Children Born in 2013
Australia - "Hunwick’s Egg” - 11/11/16
Canada -  “Peanut Butter & Cupcake!" - 11/1/16
United Kingdom - "Max at Night" - 10/11/16
USA - “Peanut Butter & Cupcake!" - 11/4/16



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"Miss Maple’s Seeds" By Eliza


Group 5 - Registered Children Born in 2012
Australia - "Leo the Littlest Seahorse" - 11/11/16
Canada -  "Miss Maple’s Seeds" - 11/1/16
United Kingdom - “Bridget Fidget” - 10/11/16
USA - "Miss Maple’s Seeds" - 11/4/16




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"Brother Eagle, Sister Sky" Paintings by Susan Jeffers


Group 6 - Registered Children Born in 2011
Australia - "Bridget Fidget” - 11/11/16
Canada - “Brother Eagle, Sister Sky” - 11/1/16
United Kingdom - “Mungo and the Spiders from Space” - 10/11/16
USA - "Brother Eagle, Sister Sky" - 11/1/16



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“Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come!” by Nancy Carlson


Graduation Book - Last book children receive when they graduate from the program
Australia - “Starting School” - 11/11/16
Canada - “Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come!” - 11/1/16
United Kingdom - "Just Imagine" - 10/11/16
USA - “Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come!” - 11/1/16

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

October Books & Mailing Dates

In October, 970,947 books were sent to children around the world. That brings the total number of books mailed to 83,393,468!

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Here is a list of the free books mailed in October 2016 for all countries. This list includes mailing dates.


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"The Little Engine That Could" Written by Watty Piper & Illustrated by George & Doris Hauman

Welcome Book - First book sent to registered children
Australia - “Where is the Green Sheep?” - 10/14/16
Canada - "The Little Engine That Could" - 10/3/16
United Kingdom - "The Tale of Peter Rabbit" - 1/10/16
USA - "The Little Engine That Could" - 10/3/16



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“Winnie-the-Pooh’s Opposites” Inspired by A. A. Milne with Decorations by Ernest H. Shepard

Group 1 - Registered Children Born in 2016
Australia - “My First Words” - 10/14/16
Canada - “Winnie-the-Pooh’s Opposites” - 10/3/16
United Kingdom - “Baby Touch: Star” - 1/10/16
USA - “Winnie-the-Pooh’s Opposites” - 10/11/16


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“Little Poems for Tiny Ears” Poems by Lin Oliver & Illustrated by Tomie dePaola


Group 2 - Registered Children Born in 2015
Australia - "Five Little Ducks" - 10/14/16
Canada - “Little Poems for Tiny Ears” - 10/3/16
United Kingdom - "Goodnight Tractor” - 1/10/16
USA - “Little Poems for Tiny Ears” - 10/11/16




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"Maple" By Lori Nichols


Group 3 - Registered Children Born in 2014
Australia - "Big Rain Coming" - 10/14/16
Canada - "Maple" - 10/3/16
United Kingdom - "Pom Pom Gets the Grumps" - 1/10/16  
USA - "Maple" - 10/6/16

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“Llama, Llama & the Bully Goat" By Anna Dewdney


Group 4 - Registered Children Born in 2013
Australia - "Is Your Grandma a Goanna” - 10/14/16
Canada -  “Llama, Llama & the Bully Goat" - 10/3/16
United Kingdom - "Where Bear?" - 1/10/16
USA - “Llama, Llama & the Bully Goat" - 10/6/16



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"Runaway Tomato" By Kim Cooley Reeder & Pictures by Lincoln Agnew

Group 5 - Registered Children Born in 2012
Australia - "Annie’s Chair" - 10/14/16
Canada -  "Runaway Tomato" - 10/3/16
United Kingdom - “Charlie and Lola: I Completely Know About Guinea Pigs” - 1/10/16
USA - "Runaway Tomato" - 10/3/16




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"Owl Moon" By Jane Yolen & Illustrated by John Schoenherr

Group 6 - Registered Children Born in 2011
Australia - "Kicking a Ball” - 10/14/16
Canada - “The Rumor” - 10/3/16
United Kingdom - “The Dudgeon is Coming” - 1/10/16
USA - "Owl Moon" - 10/6/16



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“Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come!” by Nancy Carlson

Graduation Book - Last book children receive when they graduate from the program
Australia - “Starting School” - 10/14/16
Canada - “Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come!” - 10/3/16
United Kingdom - "Just Imagine" - 1/10/16
USA - “Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come!” - 10/3/16