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Hooked on Books!

Why is it So Important to get Kids Hooked on Books? "Books, books, I love books; The way they feel and smell and look. From my first look I was hooked on books, books, books!" Dolly sang this sweet little ditty during her acceptance speech on receiving this year's Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy in October.  Her Imagination Library continues to grow, mailing out about 2 million free books each month to children around the world. Fostering a love of reading and getting children hooked on books early is her passion.  Shortly after the Carnegie award, billionaire Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon, honored her with the Bezos 2022 Award for Courage and Civility , worth $100 million.  Dolly graciously accepted saying, "I always try to put my money where my heart is and I'm going to do my best to do good things with this money."  Through her Imagination Library she will get many more children hooked on books and that is a  very good thing! Starting a regular reading h
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