“Dolly Parton and her dedication to children’s literacy and this program is so inspiring,” Fran DeWine stated. “We share a belief that the gift of reading is one of the best things you can give a child. We are proud of all the partners in Ohio that have ensured that every single eligible Ohio child can receive these books every month.”
There are 225,672 Ohio children younger than 5, or only 35% of those eligible, enrolled to receive the monthly books. Worldwide, nearly 2 million children receive free monthly books from the Imagination Library, the release stated.