Promoting early childhood literacy
The Imagination Library of Middle Tennessee provides one book per month to children from birth through age five across Davidson, Williamson and Sumner counties to boost language acquisition, literacy and kindergarten readiness. There is no cost to families, regardless of income.
Operated in partnership with the Governor’s Books from Birth Foundation, United Way of Metropolitan Nashville is responsible for fundraising to cover the cost of the books and facilitating the delivery of books each month.
Why it's important
- Studies show that when undereducated parents are given books for their children, they are 4 times more likely to read to their toddlers and preschoolers.
- Research shows that children who are read to regularly at home hear twice as many words every year and have 1/3 larger vocabulary by age three than children who are not read to at home.
- Children who have not developed basic literacy skills by the time they enter school are 3 - 4 times more likely to drop out in later years.
- A child’s brain grows to 80% of its adult size by age three, creating a critical window of opportunity for learning words and language.
- Studies show that children whose parents read to them at age five perform better in school at ages 10 and 16.
Imagination Library of Middle Tennessee Updates
Imagination Library’s 5 Millionth Book Celebration
Join us as we celebrate providing 5 million books for kids in Middle Tennessee.