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Dolly Parton Continues To Inspire Children To Read
Dolly Parton releases a new video and playlist to help keep inspiring children's literacy!
Country queen Dolly Parton is continuing her crusade to inspire children to read with a sweet new video and playlist.
Just in time for YouTube’s Kids’ global Reading Month, Parton released a special video and playlist to help instill in young children the importance of learning to read and the power that books hold. “I believe initiatives like Reading Month in YouTube Kids that encourage kid’s love of reading at an early age are so important,” Parton tells PEOPLE.
“These are the moments when dreams are born and these are the memories that last forever.” For many years, the country icon has been a proponent for reading and was inspired by her own father’s literacy struggles with reading and writing. Parton launched her passion project Imagination Library in 1995, a book gifting program that mails free books to children from birth to age five in participating communities within the United States, U.K., Canada and Australia to help ensure they have the opportunity to develop their love of reading.
Parton also released her first children’s album late last year titled I Believe In You, whose profits went straight to her Imagination Library and her charity reached a major milestone in March when the organization donated its 100 millionth book. In a previous interview with PEOPLE, the country star is adamant that all of Imagination Library was inspired by her dad. “I started it in honor of my dad.”
“So I said, ‘Dad, why don’t we put together a little program where we give children books from the time they’re born, once a month, until they start school?‘” she explained. “That way, they can learn to read, love books. If you can read, you can kinda self-educate.”