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“Makin’ Fun Ain’t Funny” By Dolly Parton

Published October 18, 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.

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Dolly Parton includes a new song, “Makin’ Fun Ain’t Funny” with the newly released version of her children’s book, “Coat of Many Colors.”

An exclusive download of “Makin’ Fun Ain’t Funny” is included with the purchase of Dolly’s picture book, “Coat of Many Colors” with all-new illustrations by Brooke Boynton Hughes from Grosset & Dunlap, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers.

The handmade, patchwork coat which once kept a little school girl warm has woven its way into the hearts and lives of countless Dolly Parton fans. Now, it has inspired another original song with an equally strong anti-bullying message.

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An earlier version of Dolly’s book, “Coat of Many Colors” has been used by educators to teach children about bullying in schools. In this new song, Dolly appeals to anyone who may be tempted to hurt others with words or actions encouraging them to make the right choice.

All proceeds from the book’s sales will benefit Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. To purchase a copy, use this link – “Coat of Many Colors

Learn more about illustrator Brooke Boynton Hughes and see original artwork from the new book.

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

Published June 10, 2016 / Last Updated June 15, 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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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.”

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

Published January 1, 2009 / Last Updated August 23, 2015
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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
Creative Director - Sarah Chapman
Senior Editor - Amanda Webb
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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.”

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Imagination Library expands to United Kingdom

Published June 2, 2007 / Last Updated August 23, 2015
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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
Creative Director - Sarah Chapman
Senior Editor - Amanda Webb
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After successfully replicating the Imagination Library program in USA and Canada, the book gifting program launched in the United Kingdom

After Canadian families began receiving books each month in 2006, the global expansion of Dolly’s Imagination Library continued in England in 2007. One of the goals of the popular book gifting organization is to create a love of reading in all kids all over the world, as a result, The Dollywood Foundation of the United Kingdom was launched and the Imagination Library was made available to new families in Britain.

Penguin Books UK was named the exclusive publisher for the collection, the Royal Mail was used for monthly deliveries, and a wonderful panel of experts gathered to choose the best selection of book titles.

 

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Dolly’s Imagination Playhouse

Published June 17, 2005 / Last Updated August 23, 2015
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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
Creative Director - Sarah Chapman
Senior Editor - Amanda Webb
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Dolly’s Imagination Playhouse brings the joy of reading to life at Dollywood

Dolly’s Imagination Playhouse, featuring the Penguin Players, brings many of the classic children’s books from her Imagination Library to life. The first production was of “The Little Engine that Could,” Dolly’s personal favorite and the first book mailed to children in the program.

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