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 traded a career in local TV news for a gig as a stay-at-home mom, where the days are just as busy and the pay is only slightly worse. She lives in flyover country with her husband and four young kids, and occasionally writes about raising them at Assignment Mom