Raising a child in the United States

Did you think this was going to be political? Ha! Not today, am afraid.

One of my favorite things about raising a kid in the United States is a program called Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library.

In case you aren’t familiar, this program was created by the famous country music singer Dolly Parton. The program was inspired by her father’s inability to read and write. Her goal was to get children to fall in love with reading. The program delivers books to families regardless of their social economic status.

We signed up my daughter the first week she was born. Basically, she has been and will continue to receive a book every month until her fifth birthday. The program is free, the books are age-appropriate and of great quality. The program currently sends out over a million books every single month.

My daughter is currently at the age where she gets so excited when a new book arrives. I absolutely love Dolly for this gift. Last week I realized my daughter was actually reciting lines from one of her favorite books. I was so excited when I realized what she was doing. It feels like reading to her from those books is paying off. I hope she continues to have interest in reading and thanks to Dolly’s Imagination Library, the gift of a book once a month will surely help us maintain and grow that interest. I certainly look forward to a new Dolly book every month.

Fun fact! Dolly’s Imagination Library exists outside the United States too! That’s right! The program was also launched in Canada, the United Kingdom, and Australia.

Lena Alaw

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