Another RECORD!!  Over 24.55 MILLION Books delivered to Tennessee children!

  • Reading Imagination Library books with your children improves their vocabulary and instills a love of reading

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  • New Record: 24.55 million books delivered!

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

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  • Donate Today! $60 provides a book a month to one child for 5 years.

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Booksmart: The GBBF Blog

November 18, 2015

Tennessee Children's Cabinet Creates Governor's Awards for Excellence in Early Foundations

The Governor’s Children’s Cabinet, co-chaired by Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and First Lady Crissy Haslam, announced it is accepting nominations for the first Governor’s Awards for Excellence in Early Foundations. These awards have been created to recognize collaborative and innovative projects that are helping Tennessee students enter the classroom prepared to learn. All nominations must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. CST on January 15, 2016.

October 22, 2015

Books from Birth, Niswonger Foundation Partner On New Hospital Book Initiative

The Governor’s Books from Birth Foundation (GBBF) and the Niswonger Foundation today announced their new partnership aimed at increasing early enrollment of Northeast Tennessee children in Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library (DPIL) program.  Parents who enroll newborns before leaving the hospital will be given the first book, The Little Engine That Could, as an incentive to begin reading aloud with their children beginning at birth, an activity proven to support early childhood literacy.

October 14, 2015

Verizon Helps Fund GBBF and Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library With $40k Donation

Verizon presents Governor’s Books from Birth Foundation with a $40,000 check to help bring Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library to foster care children in Tennessee.