'The Book Lady' Documentary

April 21, 2009
Dolly Parton, The Book Lady

'The Book Lady' is a short film starring Miley Cyrus and Keith Urban focusing on Dolly’s passion for early childhood literacy

A Canadian documentary called 'The Book Lady,' was released and later added to Air Canada’s in-flight movie rotation. The film was invited to the Cleveland International Film Festival and the 40th Nashville Film Festival.

Brad Horvath, the film’s producer said,

“We are excited to show 'The Book Lady' to a Nashville audience. More than half of all the preschool children in Tennessee participate in the program. Plus, there isn't a more appropriate city to show a documentary about country music’s biggest star!”

While preparing for the debut of "9 to 5: The Musical," Dolly commented on the short film,

“It captures the heart and soul of the Imagination Library and taught me once again that what we do for children will, in the end, be our legacy.”

Also in 2009, in the United Kingdom, a national television broadcast showed Dolly’s connection between her personal beliefs and commitment to inspire children to dream. In keeping with her love of reading, Dolly wrote "I Am a Rainbow," and donated all royalties to The Dollywood Foundation.

Soft cover books were also added to the book selection process this same year. The quality of these books did not change, yet the overall cost decreased by 15% - 22% for participating communities.