Country music legend Dolly Parton has found a neat way to share her love of reading with others amid the coronavirus pandemic. Beginning on Thursday, April 2nd, the entertainer will read bedtime stories to children in a new virtual series called “Goodnight with Dolly”!
“This is something I have been wanting to do for quite a while, but the timing never felt quite right,” Parton shared via her Imagination Library program’s website. “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.”
Each week, Parton plans to read a new book selected from her Imagination Library. The 10-week series will begin with a reading of “The Little Engine That Could,” a book that is close to Parton’s heart. Additional titles will include: “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 and “Coat of Many Colors” by Dolly Parton.
Once a week at 7:00 PM EST, the star will deliver her story with the program available across the Imagination Library, Dolly Parton, World Choice Investments, and Dollywood channels.
“Goodnight with Dolly” Official Trailer
Besides helping keep children entertained, Dolly has also put her own money behind fighting coronavirus (Covid-19).
“My longtime friend Dr. Naji Abumrad, who’s been involved in research at Vanderbilt for many years, informed me that they were making some exciting advancements towards research of the coronavirus for a cure. I am making a donation of $1 million to Vanderbilt towards that research and to encourage people that can afford it to make donations,” Parton shared via social media.