PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (AP) -- Dolly Parton is taking her childhood literacy program, Imagination Library, to the United Kingdom.
The country singer announced today in London that the program will launch in Rotherham. The first book -- Beatrix Potter's popular "Tales of Peter Rabbit" -- is to be mailed to registered children early next year.
The Imagination Library provides a new, age appropriate book each month from birth until age 5 to registered children in participating communities.
A local sponsor in each community funds the cost of the books and mailing while Parton's foundation covers the overhead, selects the books and negotiates the cost. She has created The Dollywood Foundation of the United Kingdom to manage the efforts in the UK.
The project was founded by Parton in 1996 as a way to inspire children in her hometown of Sevierville.
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