Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library To Stream Bedtime Stories From Dolly

Dolly Parton. Photo: Rob Hoffman

Dolly Parton will be reading a children’s book for bedtime in a series entitled “Goodnight With Dolly” on the Imagination Library’s social media channels over the next 10 weeks beginning April 2 at 7 p.m. ET.

“Goodnight With Dolly” will feature Parton reading a series of Imagination Library books including “There’s a Hole in the Log on the Bottom of the Lake” by Loren Long, “Llama Llama Red Pajama” by Anna Dewdney, “I Am a Rainbow” by Dolly Parton, “Pass It On” by Sophy Henn, “Stand Tall Molly Lou Mellon” by Patty Lovell, “Violet the Pilot” by Steve Breen, “Max & The Tag-Along Moon” by Floyd Cooper , “Last Stop on Market Street” by Matt de la Peña, “Coat of Many Colors” by Dolly Parton, and of course, “The Little Engine That Could” by Watty Piper.

“This is something I have been wanting to do for quite a while, but the timing never felt quite right,” said Parton. “I think it is pretty clear that now is the time to share a story and to share some love. It is an honor for me to share the incredible talent of these authors and illustrators. They make us smile, they make us laugh and they make us think.”

Additionally, the documentary about her Imagination Library, The Library That Dolly Built, will open nationally the week of Sept. 21 to commemorate the Library’s 25th anniversary. Since its inception in 1995, the Imagination Library has gifted more than 135 million books to children and is currently gifting books to 1.5 million children around the world each month.

Directed and produced by journalism professor and director of Land Grant Films Nick Geidner, and narrated by Danica McKellar, The Library That Dolly Built, goes behind the scenes of Parton’s literacy-focused non-profit, Imagination Library, to show how one of the most famous and beloved performers in the world has developed an efficient and effective program for spreading the love of reading. Imagination Library started as a gift for the children in Dolly’s hometown, Sevierville, TN, and is now active in all 50 states, and five countries, gifting 1.5 million free, age-appropriate books to children every month. The film also provides a glimpse of the profound impact the Imagination Library has on the people through original interviews with authors, policymakers, Imagination Library staff, recipients, and Parton herself.

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