The Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) is pleased to offer the Early Learning Book Program in partnership with the Dolly Parton Imagination Library (DPIL). Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is a book gifting program that sends free high-quality books to children age 0-5 years regardless of family income. The Dolly Parton Imagination Library partners with Local Champions, such as the MNO, who help bring the program to cities, towns, and communities around the world.

Each month the Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library will mail families a high-quality age-appropriate book addressed to their child at no cost. Parents have shared how excited their child is when their new book arrives each month. The books are 100% free to Métis children because the MNO Early Learning and Child Care Program has secured funds to cover the cost of the books and shipping fees.

Reading aloud to children from an early age promotes literacy skills, language development, and a love of learning and reading. With the Early Learning Book Program, reading regularly to your pre-school child has never been easier! By enrolling your child your family will receive a FREE book every month mailed directly to your home.

Participants should receive their first book 6 to 8 weeks after their application is sent. Participants will receive one book a month until they turn 5. Parents with multiple children under the age of five are encouraged to submit an application for each child.

To qualify for this Program applicants must:

  • Reside in Ontario
  • Have a child aged 0 to 5
  • Be an MNO citizen or have a child who is an MNO citizen

To apply fill out the Registration Form and then submit it to the Early Learning Book Program by email at Forms can also be sent by letter mail to the following address:

MNO Early Learning and Child Care Program
Unit 3 – 3250 Schmon Parkway
Thorold, Ontario, L2V 4Y6

CONTACT: For help submitting your application or to find out more information please contact ELCC Operations Coordinator Melinda Konkle by email at or by phone at 289 – 213 – 1338

Updated: August 6, 2021