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Dolly Parton Keynote Speaker At National Conference of State Legislatures 2019 Legislative Summit

Dolly Parton Keynote Speaker At National Conference of State Legislatures 2019 Legislative Summit

Over 4,000 US lawmakers and legislative leaders were in attendance as Dolly Parton delivered the keynote address at the National Conference of State Legislatures 2019 Legislative Summit

At the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) 2019 Legislative Summit, held August 5-8 in Nashville, TN, the Book Lady, Dolly Parton delivered the keynote speech. The annual bipartisan conference aims to provide states “support, ideas, connections and a strong voice on Capitol Hill,” and Dolly took the stage to talk about literacy and her Imagination Library program. To date, the program has mailed over 100 million free books to children around the world.

It was during the Q&A segment with Tennessee Governor Bill Lee, that Dolly shared how her father’s inability to read or write inspired her to launch the Imagination Library. The incredible program mails one free book each month to registered children from birth to age five in participating communities. It started in 1995 as a book gifting program in her hometown area of Sevier County, TN. Today, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library now spans five countries and mails over 1.4 million free books each month. And in 2019, Dolly dedicated the 100 millionth book to the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library relies on local partners to secure funding for the program. In 2004, the state of Tennessee became the first to pass legislation supporting a statewide rollout of the program. During their on-stage discussion, Gov. Lee emphasized the scientifically-proven benefits of reading to your child, while Dolly encouraged all of the legislative leaders in attendance to adopt the Imagination Library as a statewide program so that “all children in our country will have access to books.” Dolly said,

 “We’d like all the states to go statewide with it. It’s not just for poor kids, but for all kids, for every child who signs up.”

Dolly received a $25,000 check for her Dollywood Foundation, which funds the Imagination Library presented by Lt. Gov. Randy McNally and House Speaker-select Cameron Sexton both representing the Tennessee General Assembly.

Dolly left all of the conference attendees with a message of inspiration, encouraging them all to follow their dreams, to respect and love all of God’s children and to take any opportunity to work together. She concluded her appearance with a touching performance of “Coat of Many Colors” and brought the entire audience to their feet with an inspiring rendition of “Try,” a song she wrote to celebrate her Imagination Library.

Pictured Above: David Dotson (CEO, Dollywood Foundation), Dolly Parton, Nora Briggs (Executive Director, North America, Dollywood Foundation), Jeff Conyers (President, Dollywood Foundation)

Photo Credit: Kayla Schoen

Dolly Parton, Toi Hutchinson (Illinois, Legislator)
Michelle Vos, Dolly Parton, Robin Vos (Wisconsin, Legislator)
Dolly Parton, Scott Saiki (Hawaii, Legislator)
Dolly Parton, Curtis Bramble (Utah, Legislator)
Tomee Heining, Dolly Parton, Jon Heining (Texas, Legislative Staff Chair)
Dolly Parton, Martha Wigton (Georgia, Legislative Staff Vice Chair)
Dolly Parton, Chuck Truesdell (Kentucky, Legislative Staff Past Chair)
Dolly Parton, Jim Hendren (Arkansas, Legislator)
Dolly Parton, Matthew J. Shepherd (Arkansas, Legislator)
Matthew Moonen (Maine, Legislator), Dolly Parton, Jeremy Kennedy
Dolly Parton, Matt Huffman (Ohio, Legislator)
Dolly Parton, Ronald Kouchi (Hawaii, Legislator)
Dolly Parton, Nicole Jefferson (Amazon Global Corporate Affairs)
Dolly Parton, Mike Bell (Tennessee, Legislator)
Dolly Parton, Bill Powers (Tennessee, Legislator)
Dolly Parton, Ken Yager (Tennessee, Legislator)
Dolly Parton, Art Swann (Tennessee, Legislator)
 
Dolly Parton, Jeff Yarbro (Tennessee, Legislator)
 
Lauren Lamberth, Dolly Parton, William Lamberth (Tennessee, Legislator)
Dolly Parton, Legislator
Bo Watson (Tennessee, Legislator), Dolly Parton, Nicole Watson
Dolly Parton, Legislator
Patsy Hazlewood (Tennessee, Legislator), Dolly Parton
Dolly Parton, Mary Littleton (Tennessee, Legislator)
Dolly Parton, Mike Carter (Tennessee, Legislator)
Dolly Parton, Jack Johnson (Tennessee, Legislator)
 
Dolly Parton, Lowell Russell (Tennessee, Legislator)
Dolly Parton, Legislators
Dolly Parton, Scott W. Gilmer & Family (Tennessee, Legislative Staff)
Cameron Sexton & Family (Tennessee, Legislator), Dolly Parton
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

August 5 Declared Dolly Parton Day In Nashville, TN

August 5 Declared Dolly Parton Day In Nashville, TN

Music City dedicates August 5th as Dolly Parton Day

In recognition and admiration for Dolly’s musical career and her generous heart, David Briley, Mayor of the City of Nashville, TN,
signed a proclamation declaring August 5th, Dolly Parton Day. The proclamation states,

“We give thanks for Dolly’s unparalleled career as an entertainer and philanthropist and her ability to touch millions of lives everywhere, including so many right here in Music City, with her moving music and her generous heart.”

The honor acknowledges Dolly’s long history in Nashville and her Tennessee roots. It notes her debut on the Grand Ole Opry stage at the Ryman Auditorium at age 13 and her bold move to Music City at age 18 right after her high school graduation.

The newly coined Dolly Parton Day not only celebrates Dolly’s outstanding musical career but also places high regard for her generosity and her global non-profit book gifting program. Dolly founded her Imagination Library first in Sevier County, TN in 1995. She then made the program available for replication statewide and today, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library has gifted over 125 million free books to children around the world.

Dolly and the Imagination Library received a special honor from the National Conference of State Legislatures at its 2019 Legislative Summit held at Music City Center in Nashville, TN. At the event, Dolly served as the keynote speaker.

Pictured Above: Dolly Parton, David Briley (Mayor of the City of Nashville, TN)

Photo Courtesy of the Mayor’s Office

Over 123 Million Free Books Mailed As Of July 2019

Over 123 Million Free Books Mailed As Of July 2019

In July, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library sent over 1,430,939 books. The total number of free books mailed as of July 2019, is 123,597,188!

Group 1 Children Born in 2019

“The Pudgy Peek-a-boo Book”
By Amye Rosenberg

Group 1 – Registered Children Born in 2019
Australia – “My First ABC” – 3/7/19
Canada – “The Pudgy Peek-a-boo Book” – 7/2/19
Ireland – “Teatime Baby” – 2/7/19
United Kingdom – “Teatime Baby” – 1/7/19
USA – “The Pudgy Peek-a-boo Book” – 7/19/19

Group 2 Children Born in 2018

“The Pudgy Where Is Your Nose? Book”
By Laura Rader

Group 2 – Registered Children Born in 2018
Australia – “Colour for Curlews” – 3/7/19
Canada – “The Pudgy Where Is Your Nose? Book” – 7/2/19
Ireland – “Stanley’s Opposites” – 2/7/19
United Kingdom – “Stanley’s Opposites” – 2/7/19
USA – “The Pudgy Where Is Your Nose? Book” – 7/17/19

Group 3 Children Born in 2017

“Tomorrow I’ll Be Brave”
By Jessica Hische

Group 3 – Registered Children Born in 2017
Australia – “My Cat Likes to Hide in Boxes” – 3/7/19
Canada – “Nancy Knows” – 7/2/19
Ireland – “There’s a Monster in My Book” – 2/7/19
United Kingdom – “There’s a Monster in My Book” – 5/7/19
USA – “Tomorrow I’ll Be Brave” – 7/12/19

Group 4 Children Born in 2016

“Goodnight, Numbers”
By Danica McKellar

Group 4 – Registered Children Born in 2016
Australia – “Stanley the Postman” – 3/7/19
Canada – “Carson Crosses Canada” – 7/2/19
Ireland – “Nightbear” – 2/7/19
United Kingdom – “Nightbear” – 3/7/19
USA – “Goodnight, Numbers” – 7/8/19

Group 5 Children Born in 2015

“The First Strawberries”
By Joseph Bruchac & Illustrated By Anna Vojtech

Group 5 – Registered Children Born in 2015
Australia – “Just Jack” – 3/7/19
Canada – “The First Strawberries” – 7/2/19
Ireland – “You Choose in Space” – 2/7/19
United Kingdom – “You Choose in Space” – 2/7/19
USA – “The First Strawberries” – 7/3/19

Group 6 Children Born in 2014

“Fly, Butterfly”
By Bonnie Bader

Group 6 – Registered Children Born in 2014
Australia – “Wendy” – 3/7/19
Canada – “Fly, Butterfly” – 7/2/19
Ireland – “The Cow Who Fell to Earth” – 2/7/19
United Kingdom – “The Cow Who Fell to Earth” – 1/7/19
USA – “Fly, Butterfly” – 7/2/19

Welcome Book First Book Children Receive

The Little Engine That Could - Penguin Random House

“The Little Engine That Could”
Written by Watty Piper & Illustrated by George & Doris Hauman

Welcome Book – First book sent to registered children
Australia – “Koala Lou” – 3/7/19
Canada – “The Little Engine That Could” – 7/2/19
Ireland – “TiN” – 2/7/19
United Kingdom – “The Tale of Peter Rabbit” – 9/7/19
USA – “The Little Engine That Could” – 7/1/19

Graduation Book Last Book Children Receive

“Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come!”
By Nancy Carlson

Graduation Book – Last book children receive when they graduate from the program
Australia – “Today We Have No Plans” – 3/7/19
Canada – “Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come!” – 7/2/19
Ireland – “The Selfish Giant” – 2/7/19
United Kingdom – “Just Imagine” – 9/7/19
USA – “Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come!” – 7/1/19

New to the Imagination Library?

You can check availability in your area to register a child, sign up to receive a notification when the Imagination Library becomes available to you or learn more about how to Start A Program in your area.

Over 122 Million Free Books Mailed As Of June 2019

Over 122 Million Free Books Mailed As Of June 2019

In June, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library sent over 1,423,555 books. The total number of free books mailed as of June 2019, is 122,166,249!

Group 1 Children Born in 2019

“Look at the Animals”
By Peter Linenthal

Group 1 – Registered Children Born in 2019
Australia – “Little Kiwi Whose Nest is Best?” – 12/6/19
Canada – “Look Look” – 6/3/19
Ireland – “My First Words” – 3/6/19
United Kingdom – “My First Words” – 12/6/19
USA – “Look at the Animals” or “Little Gardener” – 6/20/19

Group 2 Children Born in 2018

“I Love My Daddy Because…”
By Laurel Porter-Gaylord & Illustrated by Ashley Wolff

Group 2 – Registered Children Born in 2018
Australia – “Curious Explorer’s Illustrated Guide to Exotic Animals A-Z” – 12/6/19
Canada – “1,2,3″ – 6/3/19
Ireland – “Spot Bakes a Cake?” – 3/6/19
United Kingdom – “Whose Feet?” – 12/6/19
USA – “I Love My Daddy Because…” – 6/19/19

Group 3 Children Born in 2017

“I Hear A Pickle”
By Rachel Isadora

Group 3 – Registered Children Born in 2017
Australia – “Spider Iggy” – 12/6/19
Canada – “Too Much, Not Enough” – 6/3/19
Ireland – “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” – 3/6/19
United Kingdom – “A Quiet Day in the Jungle” – 12/6/19
USA – “I Hear A Pickle” – 6/14/19

Group 4 Children Born in 2016

“The Very Hungry Caterpillar”
By Eric Carle

Group 4 – Registered Children Born in 2016
Australia – “Ollie and the Wind” – 12/6/19
Canada – “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” – 6/3/19
Ireland – “The Magic Porridge Pot” – 3/6/19
United Kingdom – “The Magic Porridge Pot” – 12/6/19
USA – “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” – 6/10/19

Group 5 Children Born in 2015

“The Ring Bearer”
By Floyd Cooper

Group 5 – Registered Children Born in 2015
Australia – “Something Wonderful” – 12/6/19
Canada – “The Darkest Dark” – 6/3/19
Ireland – “When I Grow Up: Builder” – 3/6/19
United Kingdom – “When I Grow Up: Builder” – 12/6/19
USA – “The Ring Bearer” – 6/5/19

Group 6 Children Born in 2014

“Blue Sky, White Stars”
By Sarvinder Naberhaus & Illustrated by Kadir Nelson

Group 6 – Registered Children Born in 2014
Australia – “A Nice Walk in the Jungle” – 12/6/19
Canada – “When the Moon Comes” – 6/3/19
Ireland – “The Tiny Seed” – 3/6/19
United Kingdom – “The Tiny Seed” – 12/6/19
USA – “Blue Sky, White Stars” – 6/3/19

Welcome Book First Book Children Receive

The Little Engine That Could - Penguin Random House

“The Little Engine That Could”
Written by Watty Piper & Illustrated by George & Doris Hauman

Welcome Book – First book sent to registered children
Australia – “Koala Lou” – 12/6/19
Canada – “The Little Engine That Could” – 6/3/19
Ireland – “TiN” – 3/6/19
United Kingdom – “The Tale of Peter Rabbit” – 12/6/19
USA – “The Little Engine That Could” – 6/3/19

Graduation Book Last Book Children Receive

“Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come!”
By Nancy Carlson

Graduation Book – Last book children receive when they graduate from the program
Australia – “Today We Have No Plans” – 12/6/19
Canada – “Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come!” – 6/3/19
Ireland – “The Selfish Giant” – 3/6/19
United Kingdom – “Just Imagine” – 12/6/19
USA – “Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come!” – 6/3/19

New to the Imagination Library?

You can check availability in your area to register a child, sign up to receive a notification when the Imagination Library becomes available to you or learn more about how to Start A Program in your area.

Interview With “The Rabbit Listened” Author Cori Doerrfeld

Interview With “The Rabbit Listened” Author Cori Doerrfeld

Cori Doerrfeld shares how “The Rabbit Listened”, one of the many great titles in Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library lineup for 2019, has resonated with a global audience.

Each year, our esteemed Blue Ribbon Book Selection Committee reviews hundreds of potential titles for inclusion in Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, taking great care in choosing books that meet the different needs of children as they progress from birth to age five. “The Rabbit Listened”, by Cori Doerrfeld, was one of the titles chosen to be sent to Group 4 (children born in 2016) in the USA and Canada.

Immediately upon mailing, we started receiving an overwhelming amount of positive feedback on how this story has resonated with children, parents and caregivers. Praised by readers and critics alike, “The Rabbit Listened” was named a Notable Children’s Book of 2018 by The New York Times and has won numerous awards, including the Anna Dewdney Read-Together Award for 2019.

We enjoyed talking with author Cori Doerrfeld as she shared her thoughts on the Imagination Library, her inspirations for the book and much more in an in-depth interview.

Imagination Library Interview with Cori Doerrfeld

Q. From where did you get your inspiration for “The Rabbit Listened”?

A. About four years ago, I had two very close friends go through the experience of losing a child. They were very frustrated with their family and friends, because nobody really knew what to say or do. And as much as I tried to be there for them, I also felt very helpless. What do you do when someone is dealing with something so inconceivable?

It reminded me of a letter I received way back in college from my boyfriend at the time, describing what it was like for him after losing his older brother in a car accident. He said that everyone tried to find ways to make him feel better, but it was all very overwhelming. His family had a hobby farm with all of these little rabbits in the barn, and he would just sit there alone, with no one else but these rabbits. He said that’s really what helped him finally process the grief of losing his brother. Rabbits are just naturally quiet and peaceful animals.

So, I went on a long walk with my dog, thinking about my friends and thinking about this letter, and the story for The Rabbit Listened just came to me. It’s almost hard to explain. I remember I ran home, wrote it down and drew rough little sketches, all in a day.

Q. Did you expect this story to resonate with so many people? What kind of feedback have you received from the readers?

A. No, really I didn’t have any idea. I purposely made the character very neutral and very accessible to anyone who reads it. I picked a gender-neutral name and tried to make the character look as neutral as possible, but I didn’t know that the book would actually be translated into so many languages. I think it’s in over 18 languages all over the world! What’s interesting is, I hadn’t thought about it, but the character really could be anyone from anywhere in the world.

The message I receive most often is just “thank you”. Thank you for putting into words something I didn’t know I needed to hear or thank you for putting into words something I didn’t know how to say.

A lot of people say that the book finds them. They didn’t even know they were looking for it and someone sends it to them, or they find it in a bookstore or library.

I’ve gotten a lot of stories from people who have experienced loss, but I’ve also gotten lots of inspiring stories, too. The book has been used to help incarcerated parents, who will use it to connect with their children. It’s been used after natural disasters, like a hurricane or flood.

It’s strange to say, but I didn’t necessarily think about how it could apply to any kind of situation, no matter how big or small it is. People do, really, put their own selves into the book right away and whatever situation or loss they’re dealing with.

The Rabbit Listened Hebrew Edition
Hebrew Edition
Cori Doerrfeld "The Rabbit Listened" Interview - Rough Sketch
Rough Sketch from "The Rabbit Listened"
The Rabbit Listened Japanese Edition
Japanese Edition
Cori Doerrfeld "The Rabbit Listened" Interview - Rough Sketch
Sketch from "The Rabbit Listened"
The Rabbit Listened Polish Edition
Polish Edition
Cori Doerrfeld "The Rabbit Listened" Interview - Rough Sketch
Rough Sketch from "The Rabbit Listened"
The Rabbit Listened Greek Edition
Greek Edition
Sketch from "The Rabbit Listened"
The Rabbit Listened Catalan Edition
Catalan Edition

Q. In the book, each of the animals tries to comfort Taylor in a different way. Are you, yourself, more of a listener like the rabbit, or are you more talkative like the other animals?

A. I feel like I’m a good rabbit, but I also very much relate to the ostrich. I sometimes really want to hide, especially when things are difficult. Sometimes I have a hard time with comforting and really knowing what to say, but I guess that’s why I’m a good rabbit, I do know how to listen. My Mom has always been a good listener to me, so I feel kind of like I inherited it. I’ve noticed that she has a lot of friends who’ve gone through a lot, and everyone seems to turn to her.

Q. How did you find out that your book was selected for Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library? Had you heard of the program before, and what are your thoughts on being a part of it now?

A. It’s actually a funny story! I don’t have the program where I live, but my sister does, and she would always tell me about the Imagination Library and how great it is. One day, she looked and saw that my publisher partners with the Imagination Library, so she told me that she was going to write a letter suggesting that my book be a part of the program. I don’t think it was too long afterwards that I got an email saying that I had been chosen. I know that’s probably not the reason why, but it’s okay, I’ll let her take the credit!

I was sitting on the porch with some of my close friends when I got the email, and they were all very excited about the program and Dolly’s involvement. Once I realized the magnitude of the program and how many people the book would reach, it was amazing just to know that all of these people would receive a book that could potentially help them or help their parents. It’s a phenomenal organization and it’s just incredible to be a part of.

Q. Have you always wanted to be an author and illustrator?

A. As a child, what I really wanted to do was grow up and be an animator. I love old Warner Brothers cartoons and the old Disney movies. I used to spend hours drawing cartoon characters, and loved how it seemed like magic that they would move once they were on film. Hand-drawn animation became less popular by the time I went to college, however, so I didn’t really know what I was going to do.

Right out of college I was a teacher at a preschool and I was a nanny, so I read lots of children’s books. I remember thinking, “I wonder if I could do this?”, so I began writing books just for fun. My husband, who works at an art college, helped me print them and we would take them to comic conventions around the country. At one of these conventions, an editor from HarperCollins happened to pick them up, and that led to me auditioning to illustrate a book by a celebrity. I won the audition, and the rest has been history!

Q. Who were some of the biggest influences on your work as an illustrator?

A. I like Chuck Jones, Bill Pete, and Mary Blair, people from the animation world. The more I become immersed in the world of illustration I can definitely look back and see influences from people like Margaret Bloy Graham, who illustrated “Harry the Dirty Dog”. Richard Scarry, Christian Robinson. I’m so impressed by the talent that’s out there. Margaret Bloy Graham especially comes to mind. Her illustrations are a great example of how you can make something expressive and keep the emotion when you’re just mostly using lines and minimal color.

Q. Did you read a lot when you were growing up? What were some of your favorite children’s books?

Yes, my Dad was actually the one who read to me every night. I don’t know how we got it, but my very first book when I was very little was “Barbapapa”, which is a European cartoon character. I remember loving this story, about a little pink blob who grows

bigger and bigger under the house, and then pops out and becomes friends with a little boy. It’s all about how he doesn’t quite fit into the world. I loved that book, maybe just because it was so different, and I actually have a framed print of an illustration from it in my house.

As soon as I could read on my own I loved reading the Ramona books, anything by Beverly Cleary. Classics like “The Secret Garden”, “A Little Princess”, I would read books like that over and over again.

Q. How do you share your love of books with your own children?

Cori Doerrfeld

Cori’s children

A. What’s cool about my children being older now is that we can read the same books and share them with each other. When they were little, it was fun to read them all of the books that I really liked. I still have some of those original ones from when I was a child, so that’s been really fun.

My children both also draw and write, so it makes me feel very proud that the desire to create has trickled through them, whether it’s genetic or just from the fact that we have always read together.

Q. What has been the most rewarding aspect of being a children’s author?

A. I would have to say that it’s how many people I’ve gotten to connect with, people I never thought I would get to meet or even kids at schools I’ve visited. I’ve gotten to go to schools all over the place and see how excited kids get when you read to them. It’s fun because we’ll do the animal noises together, so we’ll all make chicken noises and bear noises. It’s really nice to have a book like “The Rabbit Listened” that makes people want to reach out to me and makes me feel more connected to everyone in general. It’s amazing to know that even if there’s just one person out there who really needed the book, I’ve created something that could help.

 

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Over 120 Million Free Books Mailed As Of May 2019

Over 120 Million Free Books Mailed As Of May 2019

In May, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library sent over 1,416,532 books. The total number of free books mailed as of May 2019, is 120,742,694!

Group 1 Children Born in 2019

“Baby Sounds”
By Joy Allen

Group 1 – Registered Children Born in 2019
Australia – “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” – 10/5/19
Canada – “My First Songs” – 5/1/19
Ireland – “Hello Baby” – 15/5/19
United Kingdom – “Hello Baby” – 1/5/19
USA – “Baby Sounds” – 5/17/19

Group 2 Children Born in 2018

“When the Elephant Walks”
By Keiko Kasza

Group 2 – Registered Children Born in 2018
Australia – “The Little Red Caboose” – 10/5/19
Canada – “When the Elephant Walks” – 5/1/19
Ireland – “Whose Feet?” – 17/5/19
United Kingdom – “Whose Feet?” – 1/5/19
USA – “When the Elephant Walks” – 5/17/19

Group 3 Children Born in 2017

“One Leaf, Two Leaves, Count With Me!”
By John Micklos, Jr. & Illustrated by Clive McFarland

Group 3 – Registered Children Born in 2017
Australia – “Uno’s Garden Counting Book” – 10/5/19
Canada – “One Leaf, Two Leaves, Count With Me!” – 5/1/19
Ireland – “My Book of Favourite Rhymes” – 17/5/19
United Kingdom – “My Book of Favourite Rhymes” – 1/5/19
USA – “One Leaf, Two Leaves, Count With Me!” – 5/7/19

Group 4 Children Born in 2016

“I Just Want to Say Goodnight”
By Rachel Isadora

Group 4 – Registered Children Born in 2016
Australia – “Max” – 10/5/19
Canada – “The Secret Life of Squirrels” – 5/1/19
Ireland – “The Giant Jumperee” – 17/5/19
United Kingdom – “The Giant Jumperee” – 1/5/19
USA – “I Just Want to Say Goodnight” – 5/14/19

Group 5 Children Born in 2015

“Peace is an Offering”
By Annette Lebox & Illustrated by Stephanie Graegin

Group 5 – Registered Children Born in 2015
Australia – “Eric Finds a Way” – 10/5/19
Canada – “Wanda and the Frogs” – 5/1/19
Ireland – “All Join In” – 17/5/19
United Kingdom – “All Join In” – 1/5/19
USA – “Peace is an Offering” – 5/3/19

Group 6 Children Born in 2014

“The Gruffalo”
By Julia Donaldson & Illustrated by Axel Scheffler

Group 6 – Registered Children Born in 2014
Australia – “Stanley Paste” – 10/5/19
Canada – “Collette’s Lost Pet” – 5/1/19
Ireland – “Go to Sleep or I Let Loose the Leopards” – 17/5/19
United Kingdom – “Eric!” – 1/5/19
USA – “The Gruffalo” – 5/1/19

Welcome Book First Book Children Receive

The Little Engine That Could - Penguin Random House

“The Little Engine That Could”
Written by Watty Piper & Illustrated by George & Doris Hauman

Welcome Book – First book sent to registered children
Australia – “Koala Lou” – 10/5/19
Canada – “The Little Engine That Could” – 5/1/19
Ireland – “TiN” – 17/5/19
United Kingdom – “The Tale of Peter Rabbit” – 1/5/19
USA – “The Little Engine That Could” – 5/1/19

Graduation Book Last Book Children Receive

“Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come!”
By Nancy Carlson

Graduation Book – Last book children receive when they graduate from the program
Australia – “Today We Have No Plans” – 10/5/19
Canada – “Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come!” – 5/1/19
Ireland – “The Selfish Giant” – 17/5/19
United Kingdom – “Just Imagine” – 1/5/19
USA – “Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come!” – 5/1/19

New to the Imagination Library?

You can check availability in your area to register a child, sign up to receive a notification when the Imagination Library becomes available to you or learn more about how to Start A Program in your area.

Imagination Library Documentary To Feature Actress & Author Danica McKellar

Imagination Library Documentary To Feature Actress & Author Danica McKellar

Danica McKellar Records Narration For Upcoming Imagination Library Documentary

Dolly is pleased to announce that Danica McKellar will narrate the upcoming documentary, “The Library that Dolly Built.” The documentary, directed by Nick Geidner and written by Abby Bower, explores the journey of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library from a local program to an international partnership that has now gifted over 115 million books. Dolly said,

“I was thrilled that Danica agreed to narrate our documentary. She is the perfect person to help us tell our story. She is very talented and she has such a giving heart.”

Danica is an actress, mathematics writer and education advocate. Her successful acting career includes her role as Winnie Cooper on “The Wonder Years,” several notable voiceovers for animated movies and a number of well-received movies on the Hallmark Channel. Danica said,

“I’ve admired Dolly Parton since childhood, and even more so upon learning of her Imagination Library. I can’t wait for the world to learn more about the Imagination Library through this beautiful documentary, and I couldn’t be prouder to narrate it.”

In addition to her acting work, McKellar has written eight books, all encouraging children, especially young girls, to have confidence and success in mathematics. Her book, “Goodnight, Numbers,” is currently included in Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library.

The Jefferson DC First Library
The Jefferson First Library

Photo Credit: Nick Geidner

“The Library That Dolly Built”

“The Library That Dolly Built” is a feature-length documentary, covering the history, impact and future of America’s largest non-governmental children’s literacy program. It features the music of Dolly Parton and includes original interviews with recipients of the books, parents, policy makers, authors, program organizers, and the legend herself, Dolly Parton. With this film, we hope to celebrate one of Tennessee’s greatest exports, the Imagination Library, shine a light on the importance of children’s literacy and put a human face on the many people who make DPIL happen.

Land Grant Films

“The Library That Dolly Built” is being produced by Land Grant Films, a documentary production program housed in the School of Journalism and Electronic Media at the University of Tennessee. Land Grant Film’s mission is to provide University of Tennessee students with real-world experience in documentary storytelling while providing local non-profit organizations with videos assets that can be used to raise awareness and funds. Land Grant Films’ documentaries have been aired on Knoxville’s NBC and PBS affiliates, screened in film festivals, and won numerous awards. All of our films are created by University of Tennessee students or involve students in key crew positions. The Library That Dolly Built was directed by journalism professor Nick Geidner, edited by video instructor Clinton Elmore, and crewed by 15 University of Tennessee students.

The FBI Honors The Dollywood Foundation

The FBI Honors The Dollywood Foundation

The Dollywood Foundation received the FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award.

On May 3, 2019, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) held an annual event at FBI headquarters in Washington, D.C. During this event, FBI Director Christopher Wray presented 57 individuals and organizations with the Director’s Community Leadership Award.

The Director’s Community Leadership Awards honor individuals and organizations for their efforts in combating crime, terrorism, drugs and violence in America. Dolly Parton and the Dollywood Foundation received this honor the Knoxville Division for the generous support and goodwill provided to the people who were affected by the 2016 wildfires. David Dotson, Chief Executive Officer of the Dollywood Foundation accepted the award on behalf of the Foundation. Dolly Parton responded to the honor with a special message.

Director’s Community Leadership Award

The awards were formally created in 1990 to honor the work of community leaders supporting the FBI’s mission. Honorees are nominated by leaders of the FBI’s 56 field offices and the Bureau’s Criminal Justice Information Services Division.

2018 Director’s Community Leadership Award Winners

Over 119 Million Free Books Mailed As Of April 2019

Over 119 Million Free Books Mailed As Of April 2019

In April, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library sent over 1,405,975 books. The total number of free books mailed as of April 2019, is 119,256,878!

Group 1 Children Born in 2019

“I Love You, Spot”
By Eric Hill

Group 1 – Registered Children Born in 2019
Australia – “The Wheels on the Bus” – 11/4/19
Canada – “I Love You, Spot” – 3/29/19
United Kingdom – “Eyes, Nose, Toes” – 1/4/19
USA – “I Love You, Spot” – 4/19/19

Group 2 Children Born in 2018

“Corduroy’s Shapes”
By MaryJo Scott & Illustrated By Lisa McCue

Group 2 – Registered Children Born in 2018
Australia – “Mr. McGee” – 11/4/19
Canada – “Counting with Barefoot Critters” – 3/29/19
United Kingdom – “Baa Baa Black Sheep” – 1/4/19
USA – “Corduroy’s Shapes” – 4/19/19

Group 3 Children Born in 2017

“If I Were a Kangaroo”
By Mylisa Larsen & Illustrated By Anna Raff

Group 3 – Registered Children Born in 2017
Australia – “Slinky Malinki, Early Bird” – 11/4/19
Canada – “Wild Babies” – 3/29/19
United Kingdom – “Sleep Tight, Very Hungry Caterpillar” – 1/4/19
USA – “If I Were a Kangaroo” – 4/15/19

Group 4 Children Born in 2016

“The Rabbit Listened”
By Cori Doerrfeld

Group 4 – Registered Children Born in 2016
Australia – “Pearl Barley and Charlie Parsley” – 11/4/19
Canada – “The Rabbit Listened” – 3/29/19
United Kingdom – “Loo Queue” – 1/4/19
USA – “The Rabbit Listened” – 4/9/19

Group 5 Children Born in 2015

“Bunny’s Book Club”
By Annie Silvestro & Illustrated By Tatjana Mai-Wyss

Group 5 – Registered Children Born in 2015
Australia – “You and Me Murrawee” – 11/4/19
Canada – “Bunny’s Book Club” – 3/29/19
United Kingdom – “Plenty of Love to Go Around” – 1/4/19
USA – “Bunny’s Book Club” – 4/3/19

Group 6 Children Born in 2014

“The Tale of Peter Rabbit”
By Beatrix Potter

Group 6 – Registered Children Born in 2014
Australia – “Herman & Rosie” – 11/4/19
Canada – “Golden Glow” – 3/29/19
United Kingdom – “Alison Hubble” – 1/4/19
USA – “The Tale of Peter Rabbit” – 4/4/19

Welcome Book First Book Children Receive

The Little Engine That Could - Penguin Random House

“The Little Engine That Could”
Written by Watty Piper & Illustrated by George & Doris Hauman

Welcome Book – First book sent to registered children
Australia – “Koala Lou” – 11/4/19
Canada – “The Little Engine That Could” – 3/29/19
United Kingdom – “The Tale of Peter Rabbit” – 1/4/19
USA – “The Little Engine That Could” – 4/1/19

Graduation Book Last Book Children Receive

“Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come!”
By Nancy Carlson

Graduation Book – Last book children receive when they graduate from the program
Australia – “Today We Have No Plans” – 11/4/19
Canada – “Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come!” – 3/29/19
United Kingdom – “Just Imagine” – 1/4/19
USA – “Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come!” – 4/1/19

New to the Imagination Library?

You can check availability in your area to register a child, sign up to receive a notification when the Imagination Library becomes available to you or learn more about how to Start A Program in your area.

Imagination Library Featured On Dolly Parton’s NASCAR Xfinity Series Team Race Car

Imagination Library Featured On Dolly Parton’s NASCAR Xfinity Series Team Race Car

Dolly Parton And Dollywood Sponsor Richard Childress Racing’s NASCAR Xfinity Series Team During Saturday’s Alsco 300 At Bristol Motor Speedway

It’s no secret when Dolly Parton puts her name on something, success follows. NASCAR Xfinity Series driver Tyler Reddick hopes the same holds true during Saturday’s Alsco 300 (TV coverage on FS1) at Bristol Motor Speedway.

For the event, the hood of Reddick’s No. 2 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet Camaro will be adorned with Parton’s likeness and her record company, Dolly Records, while the rest of the car prominently features the logos from each of Parton’s Pigeon Forge-area attractions. He hopes the addition of the entertainment icon to his car serves as catalyst to put him in Victory Lane for the first time in 2019.

It’s an honor to represent Dolly Parton and her variety of businesses on our No. 2 Chevrolet Camaro this weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway,” said the California native. “Dolly is an icon and has had a lot of success in her career, which is something I admire while trying to build my own success in NASCAR. Hopefully, we can take Dolly and the No. 2 Camaro to Victory Lane this weekend in her home state of Tennessee. I think that would be really special for everyone who is a fan of hers.”

Reddick is the 2018 Xfinity Series champion and enters the event in Thunder Valley with RCR as the current series leader. He is fresh off a second place finish in last weekend’s event at Texas Motor Speedway.

Dolly’s Race Car

The car, which appropriately is trimmed in pink, includes the Dollywood theme park logo on the rear quarter panels, with the DollyParton.com website across the rear roof. Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort & Spa and Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library receive placement on the car’s rear fascia, and the logos of Dolly Parton’s Stampede Dinner Attraction, Dollywood’s Splash Country and the soon-to-open Pirates Voyage Dinner & Show each are included on the car’s deck lid. Saturday’s race marks the first time Parton and many of her businesses have been featured as a primary sponsor on a race car.

New to the Imagination Library?

You can check availability in your area to register a child, sign up to receive a notification when the Imagination Library becomes available to you or learn more about how to Start A Program in your area.

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