Dolly Parton Reading Bedtime Stories Is Exactly What the World Needs

Leave it to Dolly Parton to come up with the best idea ever!

Monday on YouTube, the legendary singer announced she is launching “Goodnight with Dolly,” a series where she will read children’s books approved by her nonprofit organization, Imagination Library.

The series — which will also feature illustrations from the books — will premiere April 2 at 7 p.m. ET and will run for 10 weeks.

“This is something I have been wanting to do for quite a while, but the timing never felt quite right,” the “Jolene” musician said in a statement. “I think it is pretty clear that now is the time to share a story and to share some love.”

She added, “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, which were “all carefully chosen for their appropriate content at this moment in time,” include “There’s a Hole in the Log on the Bottom of the Lake” by Loren Long, “Llama Llama Red Pajama” by Anna Dewdney, “Pass It On” by Sophy Henn, “Stand Tall Molly Lou Melon” by Patty Lovell, “Violet the Pilot” by Steve Breen, “Max and the Tag-Along Moon” by Floyd Cooper, “Last Stop on Market Street” by Matt de la Peña, and “The Little Engine That Could” by Watty Piper.

Additionally, the video series will feature “I Am a Rainbow” and “Coat of Many Colors” — books written by Parton herself!

The 74-year-old also announced that the release of her documentary “The Library That Dolly Built” has been rescheduled for the week of September 21.

“Although it was the right thing to do, postponing the screening of our documentary was a disappointment,” Parton noted. “So many of our Imagination Library affiliates had organized events around the nationwide screenings; however, things do have a way of working out, so the documentary will still have its day.”

You can catch “Goodnight with Dolly” on Imagination Library’s YouTube channel.


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