Another RECORD!!  Over 22 MILLION Books delivered to Tennessee children!

  • TN's Imagination Library 10th Anniversary Bus Tour! Visit the photo gallery of our travels across the state.

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  • Learn what it takes to get Imagination Library books to Tennessee's children.

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  • Are you moving? Remember to change your address so your books can follow you!

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  • Learn about how we collaborate with our Outreach Partners.

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  • Teens: Find Out How to Get Involved in Your Local Imagination Library!

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  • 20 million books and counting: Check out our videos celebrating 10 years and 20 million books

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Booksmart: The GBBF Blog

November 18, 2014


This fall the Governor's Books from Birth Foundation (GBBF) turned 10 years old! And held a birthday celebration at the Capitol where it all began.  Helping celebrate this milestone were Governor Bill Haslam, First Lady Crissy Haslam, former Governor Phil Bredesen, GBBF president Theresa Carl, Dollywood Foundation president David Dotson, , Maury County Imagination Library graduate Dawson Dykes and the woman from east TN with BIG dreams herself -- Imagination Library founder and patron, Dolly Parton!  Joining the celebration, which began with the arrival of the Big, Blue Bus were former and current staff of the GBBF, founding president Lady Jackson Bird, Dollywood Executive Director Jeff Conyers, state and local representatives, statewide partners and long standing supporters, as well as a number of Imagination Library volunteers from across the state.  

August 14, 2014


The Governor’s Books from Birth Foundation (GBBF) is launching its “Books from Birth 10th Anniversary Tour on August 26 in Johnson County with plans to conclude its month long tour at the Tennessee State Capitol in Nashville on September 30.  During the month of September, the GBBF will visit over 50 counties across the state in a forty-five foot decorated touring coach for the purposes of raising awareness, enrolling children in TN's Imagination Library, and thanking donors and volunteers in celebration of 10 years and over 20 million books delivered.

July 14, 2014

Lincoln County April Tornado claims a family's Imagination Library books but not their love of reading

Pictured (L to R): Layne Manderson-age 5, Miranda (Mrs. Casey Manderson), and Riley Manderson-age 9,Teresa Brown-Lincoln County Imagination Library Coordinator. 

The Tornado that tore through Lincoln County on April 29th might have destroyed the Manderson's Imagination Library books, but it couldn't destroy the love of reading and books that had been instilled in the children. Thankfully, the volunteers from Lincoln County's Imagination Library program heard about the family's loss and were able to help.