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May 30, 2024

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Dolly Parton to Publish New Holiday Children’s Book

A Nashville bulldog makes his grand return in this special holiday children's book written by the Queen on Country herself.

On October 1, 2024, young audiences can enjoy Dolly Parton’s Billy the Kid Comes Home for Christmas, a new, standalone sequel to Dolly Parton’s New York Times bestselling picture book, Dolly Parton’s Billy the Kid Makes It Big.

“I always love celebrating Christmas with my family and of course my god-dog Billy,” says Dolly Parton. “Since he’s a big star now, he deserves his own holiday special! Using my ‘Comin’ Home for Christmas’ lyrics, I wanted to tell a story about the importance of family and friends, especially during the holidays. I hope this is a book families will be excited to read every year for Christmas.”

The book features Dolly’s beloved god-dog and inspired by her song ‘Comin’ Home for Christmas.’ This tale about the true meaning of Christmas follows Billy the Kid, a French bulldog who has everything he could ever want: a place in Nashville, a great band and even a cross-country tour. But when Billy’s band is scheduled to perform at “Barkafeller Center” on Christmas Day, he must decide what matters to him most: fame or family?

Parton’s previous children’s books include Coat Of Many Colors (1994) and I Am A Rainbow (2009). In 2023, Parton introduced the beloved new character Billy the Kid, inspired by her favorite god-dog, in Billy the Kid Makes It Big. The book was an instant New York Times bestseller and dubbed a “wholesome howl” by Kirkus Reviews.

Dolly Parton’s Billy the Kid Comes Home for Christmas is available for pre-order here, wherever books are sold.





About the Author

Michael Aldrich

Michael Aldrich is Nashville Parent's Managing Editor and a Middle Tennessee arts writer. He and his wife, Alison, are the proud parents of 4-year-old Ezra and baby Norah.