Free Books for children ages birth to five


Thanks to funding from the NC Legislature and local partners, Chatham County children ages birth until their 5th birthday can receive a new book in the mail each month at no cost to the family. Please be sure to register your child at least 10 weeks before his/her 5th birthday so that books can be delivered before the child turns 5.

Chatham County Spanish page for Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library

Printable registration form for Chatham County children (English / Spanish)

More on the program

Smart Start and Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library are working together to get books into the hands of North Carolina’s youngest children.

In 2017, North Carolina’s state lawmakers included $3.5 million in the first year and $7 million in the second year of the state budget for Smart Start to administer Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library across North Carolina.

The Smart Start network, made up of 75 local partnerships that serve our state’s communities, is signing up families across NC for Imagination Library which is a book gifting program for children from birth to age five. Together, we are working together to ensure children develop a love of reading early on.

If you have any questions or need assisstance, please contact our Early Literacy Coordinator at or 919-542-7449 ext. 127.