Times-Gazette (Shelbyville, TN)
State officials have been celebrating Tennessee's Imagination Library Week (Sept. 17-23) to honor the program's early literacy impacts on workforce development. The core mission of the Governor's Books from Birth Foundation (GBBF) is to promote early childhood literacy in Tennessee's birth to age 5 population. In partnership with Dolly Parton's Imagination Library, GBBF gives all preschoolers in Tennessee the opportunity to receive high quality, age-appropriate books in the mail each month at no cost to families. Research shows early exposure to books improves cognitive skills and is consistently proven to be a predictor of academic success.