Dolly Parton's Charity For Children Just Hit An Incredible Milestone

  • Dolly Parton's Charity For Children Just Hit An Incredible Milestone

Dolly Parton's Charity For Children Just Hit An Incredible Milestone

Those books go to children, every month, until they turn five.

The Imagination Library sends free books to young children, no matter their family income.

Dolly Parton's Imagination Library is an global scheme that delivers free books to children from birth until they begin school.

But not many know that the 72-year-old is the founder of Imagination Library, a non-profit set-up that donates books to children.

"He got to hear the kids call me 'The Book Lady.' He got a big kick out of that", she said. The legendary singer and songwriter presented the 100 millionth book it has given away to the Library of Congress at a Tuesday morning event.

The book that broke the milestone is Parton's own, called "Coat of Many Colors". Each member is dedicated to accurately publishing the latest news and historical archives of the living legend that is Dolly Rebecca Parton. Parton said she'd even received letters from children who'd "graduated" from the program expressing sadness that they'd no longer receive books.

2017 marked 50 years since the release of the 9-5 singer's first album, Hello, I'm Dolly.

Parton's children's book is now preserved in the Library of Congress, but its addition isn't really about the story.

"My daddy couldn't read and write and that always troubled him and bothered him so I wanted to do something special for him", she explained.

Dolly said that she "loves to read" and will get through a minimum of 52 books a year.

Recently, it was announced that Parton's Imagination Library will be the subject of a documentary produced by the Land Grant Films at the University of Tennessee in association with the Dollywood Foundation.

Parton said she is happy her father was able to see the program grow until his death in 2000.

One-hundred million books mailed is great, but Parton says this is just the start.

Barbour said nearly one third of third graders in Wake County are not reading at grade level. "So it's important to get the books in the hands of all these special little kids so they can start early".