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.