Guest post by Cynthia Erickson.
UPDATE: I’ve heard from some readers that this program is not available for all zip codes. Thanks to @Abreer on Twitter who let me know that the United Way of the Plains facilitates this program in Wichita, and you can call 211 if you need more information.
Reading to your child is one of the most important things you can do for them to get them off to a great start in life. Not only does it help them to develop a love for reading, but it will also help them to develop their imaginations. It’s also a wonderful bonding time.
One awesome program that I have recently come across to aid in my reading journey with my son is Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library.
This program was developed to “foster a love of reading“ by simply providing children with an age appropriate book mailed to them. For FREE.
Here are the “who, what, where, when, and hows” of the program:
Who is eligible? Children who are between birth and age five (but who have not turned five yet).
What do you receive? Your child(ren) will receive a high quality book every month, sent directly to your home.
Where do you go to sign up? www.imaginationlibrary.com
When is it available? You may register your child(ren) at any time, as long as they are in the appropriate age bracket. The books are ordered on the 4th of each month for delivery the last week of the following month. Generally, it could take up to 8-9 weeks to receive your first book, but after that they come regularly each month. For example, if you registered your child on June 3rd, you would receive your book the last week of July. If your child was registered after June 4th, it would then fall into the July 4th order to be delivered for the last week of August.
How do you register? Click on “register my child” at the top of the page. It will then ask you to select your country. You must be the parent or legal guardian of the child(ren). After you have read the terms and conditions and have accepted, it will then check to see if you are eligible in your area. I know that Wichita is definitely an eligible area, as is Hutchinson.
For more information, you may check out the FAQ under the Support Center of the site.
This is an awesome literacy program for young children, and what’s better, is it’s absolutely free!
*Cynthia Erickson is a wife and mother of 2, who enjoys cooking, camping, reading, and of course, being a cheapskate. Must run in the family.