Help Us Give Our Youngest on Whidbey a Lifetime Advantage

Help Us Reach Our Goal of Raising $15,000!

Imagine every child under age five on Whidbey Island having the opportunity to grow their own home library of high-quality books, igniting their love of reading and preparing them for success upon entering kindergarten. This dream is a reality for more than 1,000 young children on Whidbey, and you can play an important role in putting more books into the hands of our earliest learners.

Imagination Library of Whidbey Island—a local program partner of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, strives to send a new book every month to Whidbey Island children from birth to age five. Created in 1995 by renowned entertainer and philanthropist Dolly Parton, the Imagination Library has a proven track record of promoting positive home literacy environments and increasing vital early literacy skills. Early reading is critical for every child.

Since Dolly’s special visit to Washington last month, we have rapidly experienced significant growth in the number of children signed up to receive their free monthly book – a 25% increase across our state! Whidbey Island has already enrolled over 1,100 children since December 2022!

As the program surges in popularity and impacts an increasing number of children, more funds must be raised to keep the momentum. 

It’s our promise, along with our legislative and program partners, to make sure every child under five experiences the magic of books from Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. While we are incredibly grateful for the $2 million secured during the last legislative session to fund 50% of the cost of books and mailing for all registered children, it simply is not enough to support the increasing number of young children enrolling in the Imagination Library. 

Whidbey’s earliest learners need your help! The good news? A donation of just $30 guarantees monthly delivery of a carefully selected book to a young child for an entire year. How many children can you and/or your business or community organization sponsor? 

Help Us Reach Our Goal of Raising $15,000!

Please consider a donation to the Imagination Library of Whidbey Island and help us get more books to little ones like Rylin, Eugene, and Liliana. Your support is needed now more than ever. 

Thank you for giving Whidbey’s children a strong start in life! 


Jessie Gunn, Executive Director
Whidbey Community Foundation