Dolly Parton speaks at an event where her organization, Imagination Library, donates the 100 millionth book, Dolly Parton’s “Coat of Many Colors,” to the Library of Congress collection, Feb. 27, 2018, in Washington.

Country music icon Dolly Parton says you should never judge a book by its cover. This is especially true of Parton whose book giving program Imagination Library just donated its 100 millionth book to the Library of Congress on Feb 27. Through this non-profit, she has donated millions of books to children for over 20 years. Parton started the program in 1996 as a tribute to her father, a hardworking man who had not attended school or learned to read and write.

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The award-winning singer and philanthropist read her children’s book “Coat of Many Colors” to children in the audience at Tuesday’s event. She called Imagination Library ,’one of the most precious things’ she’d done in her life.

“It kind of inspires you to dream. If you can dream, that’ll lead you to success and to other things. … So it’s important to get the books in the hands of all these special little kids so they can start early.” says Parton.

As the most honored female country performer of all time, Parton’s list of accolades is astonishing. She has achieved 25 Recording Industry Association of America certified Gold, Platinum, and Multi-Platinum awards, along with 25 songs reach No. 1 on the Billboard country music charts – a record for a female artist (tying with Reba McEntire). She has 41 career top 10 country albums, and has 110 career charted singles over the past 40 years. She has garnered nine Grammy Awards, two Academy Award nominations, ten Country Music Association Awards, seven Academy of Country Music Awards, three American Music Awards, and is one of only seven female artists to win the Country Music Association’s Entertainer of the Year Award. Parton has received 47 Grammy nominations.


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