Dolly Parton will help parents tuck their children into bed with a new nighttime routine. Beginning Thursday, April 2, the country icon will kick off “Nighttime with Dolly,” a program created by Dollywood and Abramorama, in association with The Dollywood Foundation, that will allow her to read books to children around the world.
“This is something I have been wanting to do for quite a while, but the timing never felt quite right,” she explained in a press release. “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.”
The books that will be read, which are each a part of her Imagination Library, 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 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 Parton; and her favorite book, “The Little Engine That Could” by Watty Piper.
Families can tune in to the broadcast on the social channels for the Imagination Library, Dolly Parton’s personal sites, the World Choice Investments family of attractions, and The Dollywood Company every Thursday evening at 7 p.m. EST for the next 10 weeks.
Parton’s Imagination Library began in 1995 and has since gifted more than 135 million books to children around the world. The Tennessee native began the program to prevent illiteracy, something her father struggled with as he never learned to read as a child.
The Imagination Library will be celebrated with a documentary, The Library That Dolly Built, set for release the week of September 21. The film will celebrate its 25th anniversary and goes-behind-the-scenes of the non-profit.