Dolly Parton is serving up a bedtime treat for youngsters. In addition to being a country music legend and actress, Dolly is also the woman behind the Imagination Library.

Since the 1990s, she’s been providing free books to kids through her Imagination Library. The service offers one free book a month to a child from birth through age 5. She started out distributing books in her home county in Tennessee but over the years expanded throughout Appalachia. Now, the Imagination Library distributes books all over the U.S. and the world.  Over 133 million books have been distributed. You can click here to learn all about the program.

During the COVID-19 crisis, Dolly is hoping to bring comfort to kids (and their parents) by reading selected books from her library.  The books have been selected to bring comfort in trying time. She kicks off the series with The Little Engine That Could.

Sitting in her bed at home, Dolly introduces herself as “The Book Lady” and reads the beloved tail of encouragement. She’ll add a new story to the lineup every week.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tT9fv_ELbnE