Need a bedtime story?

We could all use a bedtime story right about now.

Dolly Parton announced that she’ll be reading stories from her Imagination Library. “Goodnight with Dolly” will be a 10-week series, with a new episode every week, beginning with The Little Engine That Could, the first book kids receive when they register for the monthly book program. The episodes will livestream at 7:00 p.m. Eastern time on Thursday evenings from Imagination Library’s YouTube Channel.

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

The other books in the 10-week series are:

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 Dolly 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 Dolly Parton

Dolly’s Imagination Library began as a literacy initiative in 1995, and has grown to provide free books for children all over the world. Each month, kids who are enrolled in the program are mailed a free book to keep and read at home.

Last autumn, ISC president Kiran Singh Sirah gave the keynote address at the Imagination Library plenary conference in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, and ISC has proudly partnered with Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort & Spa since 2014. We look forward to tuning in, and feel grateful to Dolly for finding a new way to share the healing power of story during these challenging times.

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