Dolly Parton’s Children’s Book Tops Amazon’s Bestseller List – Billboard
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The legendary story of Dolly Parton is told like never before in an adorable new children’s book. Written by New York Times bestselling author Brad Meltzer and illustrated by Christopher Eliopolous, I am Dolly Partonspotlights the country music icon, author, and reading advocate in a series of illustrated biographies that kids and adults can enjoy.
The children’s book was released on Tuesday, June 7, and is currently No. 1 on Amazon’s list of women’s biographies for children and No. 3 on the list of new releases in children’s books. I am Dolly Parton is part of the Ordinary people change the world series, inspired by the PBS Kids TV show Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum, and encourages children to dream big. The series includes children’s books about such personalities as architect IM Pei, Oprah Winfrey, Martin Luther King Jr., Amelia Earhart, Lucille Ball, Jackie Robinson, Neil Armstrong and Walt Disney.
As illustrated in I am DollyParton was born in a one-room cabin in Pittman Center, Tennessee. She was the fourth of 12 children born to Avie Lee Caroline and Robert Lee Parton Sr.
“I’m Dolly Parton,” reads the first line of the book. “Once upon a time, on the coldest day of the year, in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains of eastern Tennessee, a baby girl was born in a one-room cabin. That girl was me If this sounds like a fairy tale, you’ll see… my life really does look like it.
Besides his childhood and country music career, I am Dolly Parton illustrates Parton’s deep love for reading. “The books showed me there was a world beyond the Smoky Mountains,” reads another passage from the book. The 40-page picture book is recommended for ages 5-9.
Parton has a long history of advocating for literature and has sent more than 150 million free books to children through his book donation organization Imagination Library. Parton has also published her first novel, Run, Rose run, earlier in the year.
Children’s book “I am Dolly Parton”