Dolly Parton Believes in Kids — Hear Her New Children’s Song
Is there anything Dolly Parton can’t do? Aside from her stunning career as a singer-songwriter, the legendary country icon established the Imagination Library, which provides free books every month to children up to age 5, and Parton has now released the first of many songs she has written especially for children.
Families who have recently received books from the program have received a copy of Parton’s first children’s song, “I Believe in You," a fun, upbeat tune encouraging children that they can do anything, taking a bit of thematic inspiration from the story of the Little Engine That Could. The tune can also be streamed below.
Parton says she often writes songs inspired by the books in her Imagination Library.
“I work with several publishers on the children’s books we have … and I write songs every time we get a new book for the Imagination Library,” Parton explained at a media event. “We write a play around it, and then I write the song. So after so many years, we decided to put all those songs in a children’s album.”
The album will include “I Believe in You” as well as 11 additional songs, according to Parton’s website, and all proceeds will be donated to the Dollywood Foundation, which funds the Imagination Library.
Parton was inspired to create the Imagination Library by her impoverished upbringing in the mountains of Tennessee, she says, and is passionate about bringing education and literacy to children regardless of their economic status.
“That’s one of the things I’m proudest of, of anything I’ve ever done,” Parton says of the Imagination Library. “You can’t educate enough children. A lot of that came from the fact that a lot of my own relatives didn’t get to go to school because we were mountain people. You have to get out and work and help feed the family. My own dad couldn’t read and write. And my dad was very proud of me. He got to live long enough to see the Imagination Library do well, so he felt like he had done something good too — that he was the inspiration for it.”
Listen to Dolly Parton, "I Believe in You"
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