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Cover Reveal for Robyn McGrath’s Debut Picture Book DOLLY!

Congratulations to Austin SCBWI member Robyn McGrath on the cover reveal for her upcoming debut picture book: DOLLY! THE STORY OF DOLLY PARTON AND HER BIG DREAM. DOLLY! is illustrated by Ellen Surrey and focuses on a young Dolly Parton’s path to making her dream of performing at the Grand Ol’ Opry come true.

“I’m so inspired by Dolly’s drive and ambition. I started to research where her own inspiration comes from. The more I learned about Dolly the more I realized how her story of childhood would resonate with so many young readers,” says Robyn. “While she had talent, Dolly was continually told that she was too young and ‘just a kid.’ And being what she describes as ‘dirt poor,’ Dolly had a lot of obstacles in her way. I wanted children to hear that story—the one of persistence and never giving up on your dreams.”

Robyn McGrath writes fiction and nonfiction picture books for children. When she is not writing, she works as a Play Therapist helping children and parents regulate BIG emotions. She lives in Austin with her husband, two children, a Labrador retriever, and a friendly cat they found camping.

Robyn is represented by Rubin Pfeffer and Amy Flynn at Rubin Pfeffer Content, LLC. DOLLY! will be released 6/7/2022 by Christy Ottaviano Books @ Little Brown. Learn more about Robyn at