Hooray for Dolly! As a huge Dolly Parton fan I was super excited to see that not only has she donated $1million to help find a cure for Covid-19, she is also going to read bedtime stories to children online in a bid to “share some love” amid the Coronavirus pandemic.
The country musician announced the launch of a weekly series titled Goodnight With Dolly, in which she will read a children’s book to an online audience every Thursday evening.
The series, which starts on 2nd April, will last for 10 weeks and will be streamed on the Imagination Library website which you can view here*.
The weekly read-aloud series features several of the Imagination Library’s wonderful books including “The Little Engine That Could.” Watty Piper’s classic tale of a determined little engine has been an inspiration to generations.
The non-profit organisation said the aim of the project was to give
children and families “a welcome distraction during a time of unrest and
also inspire a love of reading and books”. She created the Imagination Library in 1990 as a way of making free
books available to children and through the years, the musician has become known as “The Book Lady” to millions of
In a statement, Dolly Parton said she hopes the new videos will offer comfort and reassurance to children impacted by the outbreak.
“This is something I have been wanting to do for quite a while, but the timing never felt quite right,” she said.
“I think it is pretty clear that now is the time to share a story and to share some love. It is an honour 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.”
I for one will be tuning in every Thursday!