WATCH: Dolly Parton Launches Children’s Bedtime Story Video Series “Goodnight With Dolly”

Dolly Parton announced Monday that she will be launching a video series during which she will read bedtime stories to children in order to provide them with a “welcome distraction during a time of unrest.”

“This is something I have been wanting to do for quite a while, but the timing never felt quite right,” Parton wrote in a blog post. “I think it is pretty clear that now is the time to share a story and to share some love.”

The 10-week “Goodnight with Dolly” series is an extension of Parton’s efforts to increase childhood literacy through her initiative “Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library,” the book gifting program she established in 1995, and its first episode will air on Imagination Library’s YouTube page Thursday.

Among the books Parton plans to read during the series is the children’s classic “The Little Engine That Could,” which the nine-time Grammy winner says she has always found to be a “source of inspiration.” She will also read Sophy Henn’s “Pass It On,” Patty Lovell’s “Stand Tall Molly Lou Mellon,” Steve Breen’s “Violet the Pilot” and Matt de la Peña’s “Last Stop on Market Street” as well as two books Parton wrote herself, “Coat of Many Colors” and “I Am a Rainbow.”

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SOURCE: NBC News, Gwen Aviles