California’s Dolly Parton Imagination Library will provide free books to the children. Children

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Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, which is coming to California, will bring free books to children aged 5 and under once a month.

Gov. Gavin Newsom made the announcement on Wednesday. “Starting in June 2023, every California child under the age of 5 will be able to receive a free book in the mail, every month, thanks to Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library expansion to California!”Tweeted the governor

The beloved country star has given away more than 197 million books to young children since starting her literacy campaign in 1995. 

According to her foundation, one in 10 American children below 5 years old has received Imagination Library books.

There are many classics available in the selection of books. “The Tale of Peter Rabbit”And “The Snowy Day.”It also includes Parton’s. “Coat of Many Colors,”Based on her hit song, it was a tribute to her mother’s thriftiness and resourcefulness when making a coat out of scraps.

The singer-songwriter now calls her self “Singer-Songwriter”. “The Book Lady,”She began writing her book as a tribute for her father, who was not able to learn to read or write in the hills east Tennessee where she grew up.

“I always thought that if Daddy had an education, there’s no telling what he could have been,”She wrote, “Songteller: My Life in Lyrics.”

“Because he knew how to barter, he knew how to bargain. He knew how to make everything work, and he knew how to count money,”She wrote. “He knew exactly what everything was worth, how much he was going to make from that tobacco crop, what he could trade, and how he could make it all work.”

She wrote that children were expected to work and could not go to school. Her father was from a 15-member family.

“Kids had to go to work in the fields to help feed the family. Because of the weather and because of conditions, a lot of kids couldn’t go to school,”She spoke.

“I told him, ‘Daddy, there are probably millions of people in this world who don’t know how to read and write, who didn’t get the opportunity. Don’t be ashamed of that. Let’s do something special,'”She spoke.

According to her father, her youth literacy work is the most important thing she has ever done.

Originally available only in Sevier County, Tennessee, her program is now available to more than 2 million children in the U.S., Great Britain, Ireland, Australia and Canada.

You can receive a book for free every month from the age of 5 until most children start school. All you have to do is register with the The service program of Imagination Library.

“If you can read, you can educate yourself about any subject,”Parton spoke to an interviewer in 2017. “You don’t have to have money. If you can’t afford to go to school, there’s a book on every subject. It’s not going to do you any good if you can’t read.”

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