Dolly Parton Reads Bedtime Stories to Kids on Thursday Nights: ‘Goodnight with Dolly’

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For 10 weeks straight, everyone had the chance to say “Goodnight with Dolly”! Our Smoky Mountain hometown hero spent time every Thursday night reading bedtime stories for children. The program, called “Goodnight with Dolly,” was a 10-week video series on behalf of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. We have all the details on the series and the episodes for you to rewatch!

First Week of ‘Goodnight with Dolly’

For the first week of her new series, “Goodnight with Dolly,” the star read the popular children’s book, “The Little Engine That Could.”

Second Week of ‘Goodnight with Dolly’

For the second week of “Goodnight with Dolly,” Dolly read “Coat of Many Colors.”

Third Week of ‘Goodnight with Dolly’

For the third week of “Goodnight with Dolly,” our Smoky Mountain hometown hero read “Llama Llama Red Pajama.”

Fourth Week of ‘Goodnight with Dolly’

For the fourth week of “Goodnight with Dolly,” she read “Max and the Tag-Along Moon” by Floyd Cooper.

Fifth Week of ‘Goodnight with Dolly’

For the fifth week of “Goodnight with Dolly,” Dolly Parton read “There’s a Hole in the Log on the Bottom of the Lake” by Loren Long!

Sixth Week of ‘Goodnight with Dolly’

For the sixth week of “Goodnight with Dolly,” our favorite country star read “Last Stop on Market Street” by Matt de la Peña.

Seventh Week of ‘Goodnight with Dolly’

For the seventh week of “Goodnight with Dolly,” Dolly read “Violet the Pilot” by Steve Breen.

Eighth Week of ‘Goodnight with Dolly’

For the eighth week of “Goodnight with Dolly,” she will read “I Am a Rainbow”!

Ninth Week of ‘Goodnight with Dolly’

For the ninth week of “Goodnight with Dolly,” the star read “Stand Tall, Mary Lou Melon,” by Patty Lovell.

Tenth Week of ‘Goodnight with Dolly’

For the tenth and final week of “Goodnight with Dolly,” Dolly read “Pass It On” by Sophy Henn. Watch the final episode below!

About ‘Goodnight with Dolly’

“Goodnight with Dolly” was designed as a way for Dolly to ease kids’ fears and help them sleep at night. The program will run for 10 weeks and was described as “a welcomed distraction during a time of unrest.” Dolly said this program was something she’s been wanting to do for a while, and the timing seems perfect. Each of the books read on “Goodnight with Dolly” are from her Imagination Library and include popular titles like “The Little Engine that Could” and “Coat of Many Colors.”

How to Watch

book on nightstand with bear and lamp“Goodnight with Dolly” launched on April 2. Every Thursday at 7 p.m. EST, you can listen to Dolly read one of the stories from her Imagination Library. The program is available across the Imagination Library, Dolly Parton, World Choice Investments and Dollywood YouTube channels, as well as on the Imagination Library website.

About the Imagination Library

Dolly’s Imagination Library is a book gifting program that mails free books to children. The program was inspired by Dolly’s father’s inability to read and write. She hoped to encourage a love for reading by gifting children with a specially selected book each month. Today, the Imagination Library spans 4 countries and mails more than 1 million free books each month to children around the world. The books are sent to children from birth until they begin school, regardless of their family’s income. What started as a small program in Sevier County has spread around the world, to Canada, the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland.

Imagination Library Documentary

children's books in a libraryThe story behind the Imagination Library will be explained in an upcoming documentary called “The Library That Dolly Built.” Not only does it explore more about the Imagination Library, but it provides a glimpse of the impact the Imagination Library has on people through interviews with authors, staff, recipients and more. The film also dives into Dolly Parton’s biography and shows that every time she’s had success, she still comes back to Sevierville to give back to her community. The movie was directed and produced by a journalism professor at the University of Tennessee, Nick Geidner, and it’s narrated by Danica McKellar.

“The Library That Dolly Built” will have its nationwide release on September 21, 2020 to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the founding of the Imagination Library.

While you’re not listening to Dolly read to you, why not read about her? Check out these fun facts you might not know about her.


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