Free Books Monthly for Kids Under 5 with Ohio Governor’s Imagination Library

Did you know that your child from birth to five years old is eligible to receive a free book every month? Keep reading to find out how…

Ohio Governor’s Imagination Library, in partnership with Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, will mail your child (ages birth to five years) a free book every month. Yes, a free book every month!

When you sign up, the first book that every child receives is a customized copy of The Little Engine That Could. The month the child turns five years old, they will receive a customized copy of Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come! You can view the list of books your child will receive at

“I’m really happy that this program has gone statewide because it used to vary city-by-city depending on sponsorships. This way, everyone in Ohio can have access to this great opportunity,” Alison, our Youth Services Supervisor, says. “Personally, my son and I love getting a free book in the mail every month as a fun little surprise.”

To enroll in this program, simply visit This page will ask for contact information for the sake of sending you information specific to Ohio. If you wish to forgo entering this information, you merely need to enter your county and you will be redirected to another page where you will confirm your address and complete your registration.

Reading is so important for many reasons. According to the Early Literacy Matters webpage from Ohio Governor’s Imagination Library, a child who is unable to read well is four times more likely to drop out of high school. With free resources like your local library (that’s us!) and the Ohio Governor’s Imagination Library, we can all encourage children to fall in love with reading and empower their future.

If you don’t have kids of your own, be sure to share this with a friend who does!

You might also be interested in:

Our 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten challenge on Beanstack

Our list of 50 books to read with your child before they turn five

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