Dolly Parton To Read CBeebies Bedtime Story
R U JOKING, GRANDAD BLOG 9th October 2017
Singer Dolly Parton could win over some very young fans – reading a CBeebies Bedtime Story.
The country music star, 71, is following in the footsteps of Tom Hardy, David Hasselhoff, Sir Derek Jacobi, Suranne Jones and Queens Of The Stone Age frontman Josh Homme in signing up for a slot on the pre-school channel.
The Jolene singer will read Dog Loves Books, written and illustrated by Louise Yates, later this month.
Parton, who runs an Imagination Library for young children, said: “It’s an honour to be reading for CBeebies Bedtime Stories as encouraging children to develop a love of books from an early age is very important to me.”
She will not be singing during her slot, but added: “I hope my songs and stories inspire the CBeebies audience in the UK. Thank you for having me.”
Dog Loves Books tells the story of Dog, who loves books so much that he opens his own bookshop, although no-one shows up to the grand opening.
Tom Hardy and his dog Woody on CBeebies (BBC/PA)
Others who have read CBeebies Bedtime Stories include actors Damian Lewis and James McAvoy, Olympic athlete Jessica Ennis-Hill and Great British Bake Off winner Nadiya Hussain.
Dolly Parton’s CBeebies Bedtime Story will broadcast on CBeebies on October 25 and CBeebies Bedtime Stories is on daily at 6.50pm.
(Taken from a Press Association item)
From the Dolly Parton’s IMAGINATION LIBRARY website
In 1995, Dolly Parton launched an exciting new effort, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, to benefit the children of her home county in East Tennessee, USA. Dolly’s vision was to foster a love of reading among her county’s preschool children and their families by providing them with the gift of a specially selected book each month. By mailing high quality, age-appropriate books directly to their homes, she wanted children to be excited about books and to feel the magic that books can create. Moreover, she could ensure that every child would have books, regardless of their family’s income.
Making A Difference:
Dolly’s Imagination Library became so popular that in the year 2000 she announced that she would make the program available for replication to any community that was willing to partner with her to support it locally. Since the initial program launch in the United States, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library has gone from just a few dozen books to over 80,000,000 books mailed to children in the United States, into Canada and across the proverbial pond into the United Kingdom! Currently over 1600 local communities provide the Imagination Library to over 1,000,000 children each and every month. Already statistics and independent reports have shown Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library drastically improves early childhood literacy for children enrolled in the program. Further studies have shown improved scores during early literacy testing.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
“Just remember there is someone out there that is more than happy with less than what you have.” – Unknown
Happiness is…listening to Dolly Parton read a Children’s story
GRANDAD’S ONE LINER JOKE OF THE DAY
Insanity is hereditary. You get it from your kids.
LOVE SONG FOR MAMMA
You Do Something To Me – Paul Weller
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