When Dolly Parton launched the Imagination Library several years ago, I was thrilled to sign my kids up. Over the years it’s been so fun for them to open the mailbox and unwrap one of Dolly’s selected books to read together. By now, probably half of our household library of children’s books came from Dolly, and many of them are family favorites for bedtime reading. 

Now, “The Book Lady” behind the literacy program is stepping in to take over some of the nightly reading duties. 

Starting Thursday, April 2 at 7 p.m. EST, Dolly Parton will stream “Goodnight With Dolly” on the Imagination Library YouTube channel

Every Thursday evening for the next 10 weeks, Dolly will read a story from the Imagination Library online. And while the country singer may be famous to many of us for her music, she is beloved by millions of kids for the stories she shares.

The first book in the series will be Watty Piper’s The Little Engine That Could—an especially timely message of encouragement and perseverance for so many kids going through the uncertainties of quarantine amid a global pandemic. 

Families are encouraged to read along with the story, and the feel-good videos are bound to quickly become as beloved as the star herself. Well done, Dolly! 

PS—You can set a reminder for the premiere tonight at 7 p.m. EST here: 


Carolyn Moore

Carolyn has served as Editor-in-Chief of Her View From Home since 2017. A long time ago, she worked in local TV news and fell in love with telling stories—something she feels grateful to help women do every day at HVFH. She lives in flyover country with her husband and four kids but is really meant to be by the ocean with a good book and a McDonald's fountain Coke.