Friday, November 11, 2011

MORE Moments inspired by Dolly Parton's Imagination Library

When my husband was deployed to Iraq, our youngest son and I would read each day as something to pass the time and kind of distract us from watching the news or thinking about missing his Daddy quite as much.
I would let him choose books and they were usually ones he received from Dolly, as he would put it.

He loved the Max and Ruby books and it was part of our daily routine he and I enjoyed so much. He grew to love reading on his own and I attribute a lot of that to our reading time during that period in our lives when the books he loved from the Dolly Parton's Imagination Library were so important in our routine.

His enjoyment of reading lead him to the story of the Titanic, and in Third Grade he was chosen to take part in the Sevier County Young Authors Conference, he decided to write his book about the Titanic and facts he thought other children would enjoy.
One day while we were at the Museum unable to go in because they were sold out, he pulled his book out and began reading facts he had written to my Aunt who was visiting.
One of the Crew Members noticed him and asked to see his book, then told him he needed to meet someone. He introduced Luke to Mrs Mary Kellog Joslin who asked Luke if she could have his book published to sell in the Titanic Museum, he was 8 years old when he wrote and illustrated his first book.

This chance meeting has been one of the greatest blessings in our lives, and we know that it all started with his reading along with me from the Bible and the books he loves from Dolly’s Imagination Library.