Dolly Parton says she founded her Imagination Library charity to honor her dad

The country music star, who is giving free books to children to promote a lifelong love of reading, said was inspired by her father who couldn't read or write.
3:00 | 02/28/18

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All show we have to celebrate a major milestone with you. She is the most honored female country performer of all time. That's because I've been arou around. Making great music. Well, I've been loving it all these years. So as you might have heard it's Oscar week. Oh, yeah, I'm sure. We wanted to get your perspective. You've been there. Nominated a few times. It's exciting to see the shows and it's exciting to get nominated. I'm sure it would be terrific to win as well. One day maybe I will. I bet you will. What do you think the -- what's the feeling in the nominees' heads as they head into the final days. There's a lot of nerves in your stomach and excitement and wishing, hoping, dreaming as the old song goes, but I'm sure they all hope to win but I'm sure they're like me if they don't great to still be nominated. Nothing like winning but a wonderful compliment to know you've done something so good people would recognize you for it. Are there any favorites out there you could be rooting for this year. No, I like them all and even if I did, I wouldn't say it. Too classy. You know how I am, neutral. You've always been an icon to all of us and did you happen to catch Adele? Hopefully we have a picture. Oh, yes. Your signature look. I saw her, yeah. I thought it was me for a minute. And I really did because that's really how big I used to wear my hair. I of course aed where she got the outfit. Did you? I went on and shouted back, you know. I saw it it was a nice compliment. I asked her where she got my hair and clothes. I thought she had been to my museum and took it out. And a big congratulations are in order. We talked about it earlier, imagination library. 100 millionth book. Wow, that's a lot of books. I'm very proud of that. You help so many kids out there. What inspired you to even start this? Well, this actually started many years ago when my dad was still alive. As you know I'm from a big family, country people and all the people in that area usually they don't get to go to school -- especially during my dad's time. My dad was from a big old family and didn't go to go to school so daddy couldn't read and write and always troubled him and bothered him so I wanted to do something special for him so I got the idea to start this program and let my dad help me with it and he got to live long enough to hear the kids call me the book lady. Seeing it do good, so, yesterday when I was at the library of congress, I donated the little book called "Coat of many colors" that is going to be there forever and that's a story about my mom, a true story from my childhood, the coat of many colors where she made a coat and told me the story of Joseph from the bible to make me proud of the ragged coat so yesterday when we put the book in the library of congress and that whole 100 millionth book I really felt like mom and daddy was just up there looking down thinking, you go, you know, and so I felt really proud that I could honor momma and daddy with that whole thing yesterday. But the imagination library is a wonderful thing. Donating books to the library of congress. It felt good. When you're younger in the business you never know how you're going to turn out and what's going to happen in your life and what good you hope you leave behind. But when -- when things like that happen it makes you feel proud, it makes me feel proud of who I am, where I'm from and of my people and the fact that I am in a position to help people and especially the kids, because I love kids and if kids can learn to read like my dad, you know, if he could have read, even if he couldn't afford to go to college or anything, you can find a book on anything you're interested in if you can read. So that's why it's so important to me because if you can teach children to read they can dream and if you dream you can be successful and if you're successful you have a good life ahead of you so hopefully this will all work. Dolly, the book is so beautil. Such a beautiful story. And dolly wanted everybody in our audience to have a copy so you're all going home.

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