Imagination Library was founded in 1995 to encourage kids to read. Each month they send a free book to member children, up to the age of five. It all started, as a tribute to Ms Parton’s dad, in her home area Sevier County, in eastern Tennessee, and has steadily expanded throughout the USA and internationally. They now have 1,243,671 members, and recently presented their 100 millionth book to the Library of Congress, which ceremony may be seen in this You Tube video. Ms Parton reads the book, which she wrote, and even sings part of it. Brooke Boynton Hughes who illustrated the book is somewhat awkwardly introduced. The interview is conducted by Librarian of Congress, Carla Hayden. Coat of Many Colors is published by Grosset and Dunlap. The video is well worth a look.

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I wonder who gets to print these books? They all appear to have the Imagination Library logo on the front cover. Probably the rights-holding publisher gets to order a reprint from their regular supplier, though I suppose it’s possible that Imagination Library has their own suppliers to whom orders are channelled. Either way, a nice piece of business, though of course they do have a different monthly title for each of the six groups into which they subdivide their members.

Another nice link from David Crotty at The Scholarly Kitchen.