Dolly Parton to Read Bedtime Stories, Starting Tonight

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By Hope S. Philbrick

Missing travel as a way to enjoy some adult time? If you’ve got kids at home during the stay-at-home orders to help beat Covid-19, you’re lucky to escape to the bathroom for some alone time.

Dolly Parton, one of our national treasures, comes to the rescue once again. As part of a new, 10-week program sure to boost morale, she will read bedtime stories at 7 p.m. Eastern Time starting tonight (Thursday, April 2). The new “Goodnight with Dolly” program will feature Dolly snuggled in bed with a featured book that she’ll read in her own signature style.

Her intended audience may be children, but adults are certainly welcome to tune in, too. Dolly may not realize that she’ll be comforting adults as well as children—and not just because it may give parents a few minutes of reprieve: “It is getting me through today to know that tomorrow I’ll be able to have Dolly read me a story,” a friend confessed yesterday.

Yes, Dolly will bring her joy and positivity straight into all our homes, so tune in without shame, whatever your age, since odds are that your inner child is in need of some reassurance that we’re all in this together.

“Goodnight with Dolly,” will feature stories from the Imagination Library, which is arguably Dolly’s greatest achievement. Since its launch in 1995, the Imagination Library has gifted more than 135 million books to children and currently sends books to about 1.5 million children around the world every month. Kids who participate enter kindergarten with a personal library of 60 books. The program started as a gift for the children in Dolly’s hometown, Sevierville, Tennessee, and is now active in all 50 states and five countries.

Tune into “Goodnight with Dolly” on any of the social channels for the Imagination Library, Dolly Parton’s personal sites, the World Choice Investments family of attractions, and The Dollywood Company. Here’s a quick link to Dollywood’s Facebook page.

The stories for “Goodnight with Dolly” are specifically chosen for their appropriate content at this unique time: 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.

In a press release, Dolly said: “This is something I have been wanting to do for quite a while, but the timing never felt quite right. 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.”

For now, it’s important to stay at home. But someday soon we’ll be able to travel again. Start planning now:

Visit Dolly Parton’s hometown of Sevierville, Tennessee

Visit Dollywood

– Images courtesy Visit Sevierville, the Imagination Library, and Dollywood.

Hope S. PhilbrickHope S. Philbrick is founder and editor-in-chief of Getaways for Grownups. She became a freelance writer and editor because she believes that work and fun should not be mutually exclusive. Her work has appeared in dozens of publications nationwide. When not writing, she can usually be found on the road or savoring something tasty.

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