Dolly Parton to read different children's stories on video for 10 weeks
By Angela Garrity, Guest blogger
Just when it seemed like she couldn’t be any more amazing, leave it up to Dolly Parton to outdo herself.
Huffington Post reports that the nine-time Grammy winner will read bedtime stories to kids to ease coronavirus fears beginning Thursday.
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Earlier this week, the country music icon unveiled plans for “Goodnight with Dolly,” a weekly video series featuring her reading different children’s stories on behalf of her Imagination Library, a literacy advocacy group. The first installment will air Thursday on the Imagination Library’s YouTube page.
Calling herself “the book lady,” Parton announced the series with a short video on her Facebook page as well as a blog post on the Imagination Library’s website. “Goodnight with Dolly” will run for 10 weeks with the aim of offering children “a welcomed distraction during a time of unrest.”
“This is something I have been wanting to do for quite a while, but the timing never felt quite right,” Parton said in the blog post. “I think it is pretty clear that now is the time to share a story and to share some love.”
She loves us from here to the moon and back and we feel the same way, great lady.
There isn’t a specific schedule for the stories, but it does include titles in the Imagination Library for young audiences that include Parton’s own “Coat of Many Colors” and Watty Piper’s classic “The Little Engine That Could.”
“It is an honor for me to share the incredible talent of these authors and illustrators,” she added. “They make us smile, they make us laugh and they make us think.”
The story behind her Imagination Library will be explored in “The Library That Dolly Built,” a forthcoming documentary that had originally been slated for release this week. It will now debut Sept. 21.
Is there anything Dolly can’t do? Probably not.
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