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Meet & Greet with “Coat of Many Colors” Illustrator

Published October 2, 2016 / Last Updated October 18, 2016
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Team Dolly is a collaboration of writers, editors, and publishers assembled by Dolly Parton Productions. Each member is dedicated to accurately publishing the latest news and historical archives of the living legend that is Dolly Rebecca Parton.

Managing Editor - Jacob Timmons
Senior Editor - Amanda Webb
Creative Director - Sarah Chapman
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Dolly Parton invites “Coat of Many Colors” illustrator, Brooke Boynton-Hughes to her Meet & Greet at the Red Rocks tour stop.

The only thing as bright as Dolly’s rhinestones at her Red Rocks Meet & Greet event was the smile on Brooke Boynton-Hughes face! The Colorado native contributed beautiful illustrations for the re-release of Dolly’s children’s book, “Coat of Many Colors.” Within the pages of the book, Brooke’s art brings the story of the song to life. The little yellow-haired girl in her handmade coat is a perfect likeness to a young Dolly. Her cheeks, rosy with excitement about wearing her one-of-a-kind coat!

Dolly Parton - Ohio State Fair
 
Dolly Parton - Ohio State Fair
Dolly Parton's Coat Of Many Colors Children's Book
 
Dolly Parton's Coat Of Many Colors Children's Book

Brooke felt a similar delight when invited to Dolly’s backstage event during the Pure & Simple stop at Red Rocks in Colorado. Brooke said,

“It was so wonderful to meet Dolly! And her concert was honestly one of the coolest experiences of my life. I cried when Dolly sang ‘Coat of Many Colors’ and ‘Little Sparrow’ (which is probably my favorite of her songs and the ones I listened to a lot while working on the book).”

Like Dolly and Carl, Brooke and her husband enjoy traveling the country in their RV (named Daisy) along with their dog, Olive. She holds a BFA in Printmaking from Colorado State University and an MFA in Figurative Art from the New York Academy of Art. She has been a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators since 2005.

“Coat of Many Colors” by Dolly Parton and illustrated by Brooke Boynton-Hughes is due out on Oct. 18 by Grosset & Dunlap, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers.

Following the book’s release, NBC is set to air “Dolly Parton’s Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love.” This original movie is the sequel to the 2015 hit television movie “Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors.”

Team DollyMeet & Greet with “Coat of Many Colors” Illustrator

Penguin To Publish “Coat of Many Colors” With All-New Illustrations

Published June 10, 2016 / Last Updated June 15, 2016
Team Dolly

Team Dolly

Team Dolly is a collaboration of writers, editors, and publishers assembled by Dolly Parton Productions. Each member is dedicated to accurately publishing the latest news and historical archives of the living legend that is Dolly Rebecca Parton.

Managing Editor - Jacob Timmons
Senior Editor - Amanda Webb
Creative Director - Sarah Chapman
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Penguin Young Readers will publish Dolly Parton’s children’s book “Coat of Many Colors” with all-new illustrations by Brooke Boynton-Hughes.

Dolly Parton will publish “Coat of Many Colors,” a picture book for young readers, with Grosset & Dunlap, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers, on October 18, 2016. The book, with all-new illustrations by Brooke Boynton Hughes, will feature “Making Fun Ain’t Funny,” a downloadable exclusive original song written by Dolly.

Using lyrics from her classic song “Coat of Many Colors,” and inspired by Dolly’s rural upbringing in the Great Smoky Mountains of East Tennessee, the picture book tells the story of a young girl in need of a warm winter coat. When her mother sews her a coat made of rags, the girl is mocked by classmates for being poor. But Dolly’s trademark positivity carries through to the end as the girl realizes that her coat was made with love “in every stitch.”

Francesco Sedita, President and Publisher, Grosset & Dunlap, said,

“As someone who grew up listening to Dolly Parton with my family, having this very special opportunity to work on the ‘Coat of Many Colors’ picture book has been a lifelong dream come true. The book—and the song, of course—really speaks to how important family and community is. And how vital it is to respect those around us and to be grateful for what we have. I believe this book is one that will be passed down for generations to come.”

Coat of Many Colors is the latest project in Dolly’s longtime mission to foster a love of reading in children from a young age. In 1988, she began the Dollywood Foundation to inspire children in her home community to dream more, learn more, care more, and be more. The Foundation’s signature program, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, works with local affiliates to give every preschool child a book each month from birth to age five. The Imagination Library has gifted over 80 million books in Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States. The program has enjoyed a long-standing partnership with Penguin Random House.

Following the publication of the book, NBC will air the sequel to last year’s hit television movie “Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors.” In “Dolly Parton’s Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love,” the Partons, a family of humble means living in the mountains of Tennessee, face a devastating event that challenges their will. But when they experience a bewildering Christmas miracle, the Partons are drawn closer together than ever—with deepened faith and love for one another.

This summer, Dolly will embark on her “Pure & Simple” tour traveling to 60 cities across North America. The tour includes a stop in Pigeon Forge, TN on Nov. 15 benefiting Dolly’s Imagination Library.

Brooke Boynton Hughes is an artist and illustrator originally from Loveland, Colorado. She received her BFA in Printmaking from Colorado State University and her MFA in Figurative Art from the New York Academy of Art. Brooke works on children’s books and travels around the country with her husband, Bill, and their dog, Olive.

Penguin Random House is the world’s most global trade book publisher. Its publishing lists include more than 70 Nobel Prize laureates and hundreds of the world’s most widely read authors.

Learn more about Dolly’s second children’s book “I Am a Rainbow.”

Team DollyPenguin To Publish “Coat of Many Colors” With All-New Illustrations

‘Dream More: Celebrate the Dreamer in You’

Published November 27, 2012 / Last Updated August 23, 2015
Team Dolly

Team Dolly

Team Dolly is a collaboration of writers, editors, and publishers assembled by Dolly Parton Productions. Each member is dedicated to accurately publishing the latest news and historical archives of the living legend that is Dolly Rebecca Parton.

Managing Editor - Jacob Timmons
Creative Director - Sarah Chapman
Senior Editor - Amanda Webb
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Dolly writes ‘Dream More: Celebrate the Dreamer in You’

Motivated by the reception of her 2009 commencement speech at the University of Tennessee Knoxville, Dolly wrote the book “Dream More: Celebrate the Dreamer in You.”

Dolly explained why she chose to expand her speech into the book,

“After the speech did so well, and a lot of people said, you know, you should put this together. And expand on it more. Do something else with it. That’s what we did, through our foundation, the [Imagination Library], we teach dream more, learn more, care more and be more.”

The book was released in hardcover in 2012 (Putnam Adult) and paperback (Riverhead Trade) in 2013 with all proceeds benefiting her Imagination Library project which provides free books to participating kids from birth to age five in Australia, Canada, the U.K. and U.S.

Dolly sees the book as a collection of inspirational stories from her own life that might help others.

 

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Dolly writes children’s book, ‘I Am a Rainbow’

Published January 1, 2009 / Last Updated August 23, 2015
Team Dolly

Team Dolly

Team Dolly is a collaboration of writers, editors, and publishers assembled by Dolly Parton Productions. Each member is dedicated to accurately publishing the latest news and historical archives of the living legend that is Dolly Rebecca Parton.

Managing Editor - Jacob Timmons
Creative Director - Sarah Chapman
Senior Editor - Amanda Webb
Team Dolly

A book that uses the colors of the rainbow to teach children about expressing their emotions

Dolly wrote her second book for children, “I Am a Rainbow,” with illustrator Heather Sheffield, in 2009 on the Putnam imprint. The book teaches children to connect their emotions with colors so they can better express their feelings and emotions. In a Time magazine interview about the project, Dolly said,

“I wanted to write a book that talked about the emotions of children, which is the rainbow. We all have moods. We talk about being blue when we’re sad, and being yellow when we’re cowards, and when we’re mad, we’re red. It’s really about us all having these colors, and it’s O.K. to have them, but it’s learning how to deal with them and what to do with them. It’s a sweet little book done in rhyme. I hope to write lots and lots of children’s books through the years.”

Dolly sees the writing as part of her goal to get children reading, a project she started in 1996 with her Imagination Library. On “Larry King Live” she discussed the book,

“Well, actually, this is catered to little children. We have the Imagination Library, you know, where I give a book a month to every child from the time it’s born until it starts kindergarten through my Imagination Library at the Dollywood — through the Dollywood Foundation at Dollywood. So this little book is called ‘I Am a Rainbow’ and it is about all the different moods of children.”

Team DollyDolly writes children’s book, ‘I Am a Rainbow’

‘Dolly’s Dixie Fixin’s: Love, Laughter, and Lots of Good Food’

Published January 1, 2006 / Last Updated April 21, 2016
Team Dolly

Team Dolly

Team Dolly is a collaboration of writers, editors, and publishers assembled by Dolly Parton Productions. Each member is dedicated to accurately publishing the latest news and historical archives of the living legend that is Dolly Rebecca Parton.

Managing Editor - Jacob Timmons
Creative Director - Sarah Chapman
Senior Editor - Amanda Webb
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Dolly’s first cookbook, ‘Dixie Fixin’s,’ features over 100 recipes collected from her childhood, family members, Dollywood, Dixie Stampede and her own travels

In 2006, Dolly published her first cookbook, “Dolly’s Dixie Fixin’s: Love, Laughter, and Lots of Good Food” on the Viking Studio (Penguin Group) imprint. The cookbook includes 125 recipes from her mother Avie Lee Parton, her mother-in-law ‘Mama’ Ginnie Dean, Dollywood restaurants, Dixie Stampede kitchens, and her own travels and meals on the road. The recipes are paired with pictures of Dolly’s family, friends and her performances. The book also includes discussions of her childhood and musical career.

Dolly explained the concept for the cookbook,

“I still like to try new foods as often as I can. But when it comes to cooking for myself and my husband Carl and my great big extended family, which numbers into the multiple hundreds these days, what we really want to eat is what comforts us most: good, hearty food rooted in Mama’s cooking and those country gatherings of my childhood. It’s the food from those Mom and Pop joints that welcome you in as if you’re family. We really just want food that is lovingly made and joyfully served up. Around here, that’s what we call Dixie Fixin’s.”

Most important, all the proceeds from the book go to support her Imagination Library (which provides monthly books to children through the mail) through The Dollywood Foundation.

Dolly’s Dixie Fixin’s Cookbook” is available for purchase from The Dolly Shop at the Imagination Library.

Team Dolly‘Dolly’s Dixie Fixin’s: Love, Laughter, and Lots of Good Food’