There’s no doubt that Aubrie Sellers has music running through her veins. The daughter of Lee Ann Womack and singer/songwriter Jason Sellers is gearing up to release her hight-anticipated sophomore album, Far From Home, on February 7.
However, another passion that is flowing through the young singer, is her love of reading, an activity that has lead Aubrie to working with Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library and creating her own book club, Biblioclique. Through her book club, Aubrie has found a way to create fundraising events that help give back to children learning to read.
The 28-year-old sat down with One Country to discuss giving back through Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library and how she wants to bring her love of reading to the masses.
ONE COUNTRY: How did you get involved with Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library?
AUBRIE: “I’m not an official spokesman for them, but I started a book club a little over two years ago called Biblioclique —it’s on Instagram. One of my goals when starting it was to promote reading, not only to adults, but also to raise money for literacy organizations. I’m from Tennessee and Dolly Parton’s imagination library is a organization that sends free books to kids from birth basically until they’re school age—about age five. I just started raising money for them via my book club and did some cool events.”
ONE COUNTRY: What type of event have you done?
AUBRIE: We did an event at a really cool store in Nashville called Whites Mercantile. Around Christmas time they setup vendors outside and so my partner at Biblioclique and I, we did this fundraiser called Blind Date with a Book, where we sold books wrapped up in paper and you write a few clues on the outside about what’s in the book and you give them as gifts. It’s kind of a fun thing. We did that as a fundraiser.”
ONE COUNTRY: And the proceeds go to Dolly Parton’s Imagination library?
AUBRIE: “Everything went to imagination library. We also, periodically, encourage people on our book club to donate to them because I just think it’s great. I learned to read at a really young age because my mom homeschooled me and so it’s an important thing to me. I think a love of reading is something a lot of people are losing now. People’s attention spans are getting short. I just hope that if we start them young, they’ll continue.”
ONE COUNTRY: What inspired you to get involved?
AUBRIE: “My mom really instilled a love of reading in me from a young age and she homeschooled me on the road. I never developed the distaste for books that a lot of kids do because they associate it with school. I think that’s been my goal and why I’m so passionate about it, because I think reading not only makes you smarter, but it makes you more empathetic. And it’s entertaining and it’s fun.”
ONE COUNTRY: What makes it so important to you to give back and want to help others learn to read?
AUBRIE: “I don’t know why other than it brought me such great joy in my life and I think it’s important not only to make people happy in life, but also to create a better world and create a world of people who are empathetic and informed. I think that’s why reading is so important to me and why I would love to bring that to as many people as possible.”
ONE COUNTRY: How can someone get involved in that or how can somebody participate in that?
AUBRIE: “They can go to @Biblioclique on Instagram. It’s, B-I-B-L-I-O, click, C-L-I-Q-U-E. It’s one word. You can go there and there’s this whole community of people on Instagram called BooksToGram and tons of people share what they’re reading and like I said, raise money for literacy charities or connect with people. There’s even events that people can attend. It’s just a fun way to kind of share what we’re reading and hope that it inspires other people to pick up a book too.”