In 1995, Dolly Parton launched an exciting new effort to benefit the children of her home county in east Tennessee. Dolly wanted to foster a love of reading among her county’s preschool children and their families by giving each child one free, age-appropriate book per month from birth to age 5.
The program has seen phenomenal success and has grown to over 72 million free books delivered throughout 4 countries.
Dolly Parton's book gifting program for children from birth to age five.
Dolly Parton's book gifting program for children in Australia, Canada, United Kingdom and the United States.
A community must make the program accessible to all preschool children in their area. The community pays for the books and mailing, promotes the program, registers the children, and enters the information into the database.
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To foster a love of reading in preschool children and ensure that every child born has books, regardless of their family’s income.