Friday, November 20, 2015

November 2015 Books & Mailing Dates

List of books mailed by Dolly Parton's Imagination Library in November 2015 for all countries including mailing dates.

Welcome Book - First book sent to ALL registered children 

The Little Engine That Could
"The Little Engine That Could" Written by Watty Piper & Illustrated by George & Doris Hauman
  • Australia - “Where is the Green Sheep?” - 11/13/15
  • Canada - "The Little Engine That Could" - 11/2/15
  • United Kingdom - "The Tale of Peter Rabbit" - 2/11/2015
  • USA - "The Little Engine That Could" - 11/2/15

Group 1 - Registered Children Born in 2015
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"Corduroy Goes to the Doctor" Written & Illustrated by Lisa McCue
  • Australia - "My First Words" - 11/13/15
  • Canada - "Corduroy Goes to the Doctor" - 11/2/15
  • United Kingdom - "Baby Touch Car" - 4/11/15
  • USA - "Corduroy Goes to the Doctor" - 11/13/15

Group 2 - Registered Children Born in 2014

"Pouch!" Written & Illustrated by David Ezra Stein
  • Australia - "A Giraffe in the Bath" - 11/13/15
  • Canada - "Pouch!" - 11/2/15
  • United Kingdom - "Very Noisey Digger" - 4/11/15
  • USA - "Pouch!" - 11/12/15

Group 3 - Registered Children Born in 2013

Tomie dePaola's Mother Goose
"Tomie dePaola's Mother Goose" Illustrated by Tomie dePaola
  • Australia - "Big Rain Coming" - 11/13/15
  • Canada - "Tomie dePaola's Mother Goose" - 11/2/15
  • United Kingdom - "Spot Can Count" - 2/11/15
  • USA - "Tomie dePaola's Mother Goose" - 11/9/15

Group 4 - Registered Children Born in 2012

"Peanut Butter & Cupcake" Written & Illustrated by Terry Border
  • Australia - "The Nickle Nackle Tree" - 11/13/15
  • Canada - "Peanut Butter & Cupcake" - 11/2/15
  • United Kingdom - "Maz the Brave" - 2/11/15
  • USA - "Peanut Butter & Cupcake" - 11/6/15

Group 5 - Registered Children Born in 2011

Miss Maple's Seeds
"Miss Maple's Seeds" Written & Illustrated by Eliza Wheeler

  • Australia - "You and Me Murrawee" - 11/13/15
  • Canada - "Miss Maple's Seeds" - 11/2/15
  • United Kingdom - "There's an Ouch in My Pouch" - 2/11/15
  • USA - "Miss Maple's Seeds" - 11/4/15

Group 6 - Registered Children Born in 2010

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"Owl Moon" Written by Jane Yolen and Illustrated by John Schoenherr
  • Australia - "Koala Lou" - 11/13/15
  • Canada - "Thank You World" - 11/2/15
  • United Kingdom - "Jumpy Jack Googily" - 2/11/15
  • USA - "Owl Moon" - 11/9/15

Graduation Book - Last book children receive when they graduate from the program

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“Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come!” by Nancy Carlson
  • Australia - “Are We There Yet?” - 11/13/15
  • Canada - “Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come!” - 11/2/15
  • United Kingdom - "How You Got So Smart" or "Just Imagine" - 2/11/15
  • USA - “Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come!” - 11/2/15

To check availability, register your child, update your information or to see how you can bring Dolly Parton's Imagination Library to the children in your community, visit

Monday, November 16, 2015

The Power of Picture Books

Jinx Watson, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library Blue Ribbon Book Selection Committee Member
November 2, 2015
Guest blogger: Jinx Watson
We have no toys or games on the market that do what beautifully designed picture books do!
Picture books engage the cognitive capacities of the youngest infant: they offer sounds in words, sentences, and paragraphs. These literacy units offer all of the English sound delights, including alliteration, onomatopoeia and subtlety.  Remember, “Max made mischief” [Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak]. Recall Peter [Peter Rabbit by Beatrice Potter] hearing McGregor’s hoe sounding, “scr-r-ritch, scratch, scratch, scritch…” "How do you expect to walk home with your loafers full of split pea soup?" says the wonderful friend, Martha, to George [from George and Martha by James Marshall]. The text in the good books we read offers all the possibilities of the rich English language. Most often, it is not the syntax we speak daily to each other: “What did you do, today?” “Nothing much.” As an infant through the oldest listener hears these pages read aloud, he and she conjures up visions, pictures, scenes and worlds comparable to the one they know, or so different, that they open new worlds of possibilities. And better yet, they begin using some of the words and phrases they have heard in their books. Vocabularies expand at an exponential rate by listening to good picture books!

As listeners hear the words, they see the visions in the pages. At that point, they often try to slow the reading down. They soak up the art of illustrators who have used every style of painting or drawing appropriate to the text they have written or which they have been handed by the publisher. The style of expressionism can show up as a cartoon, seen in Jon Agee’s work, among others. Folk art is seen in Marcia Brown’s work; representational or realistic work is best illustrated by the work of Jerry Pinkney. Surreal or abstract art is found with Anthony Browne. All of these artists are award-winners not only in the field of literature but also in the field of art. Picture books offer children a museum of the finest art.

What do readers/listeners do with the richness of sound and sights in good picture books? They match what they hear to what they begin to see. They do simultaneous cognitive activities – they interpret on two levels: viewers and listeners must make a single narrative or story out of what they see in the picture with what they hear from their reader. Often, in great picture books, these narratives may be dissonant or different from each other. That is, the pictures may take on a life of their own, showing a story that is supplemental to the words of the story. In the 19th century, Randolph Caldecott, so notable that he inspired the American Librarian Association award for best-illustrated picture books, illustrated old and familiar nursery tales in much richer and fuller ways than what the simple text suggested. A wonderful question for teachers to ask students is, “What do the pictures tell us that the text does not?” And “What does the text say that the pictures do not?”

So, how do our children benefit from picture books? They learn to do two translations simultaneously: what they hear with what they see. It is a rich enterprise only found in being with a good picture book. No toy or game does what listening to a picture book can do for an early brain!    Often, we find 15 – 36 month old children wanting to have stories read over and over again. The Germans have a phrase called “function-lust” that refers to this developmental stage to want to repeat actions over and over. It is assumed that the littlest ones are practicing a mastery over the most elemental activities, whether it’s listening or doing. So, children who are used to being with picture books often want to scan deeply what is before them. The child who is acclimated to being with regular reading of picture books – for at least 20 minutes a day – can begin to do those interpretations and translations, no easy task! But, best of all, they begin to fall in love with reading and with the ancient form of entertainment -- story!
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