Former First Lady Michelle Obama is coming in to save the day again. This time, Mrs. Obama plans to help the moms and parents out there that are needing a break while self-isolating at home with their children. It has been at least 30 days of working from home and home-schooling due to the coronavirus pandemic.
To keep children entertained, Mrs. Obama will be hosting storytime weekly by teaming up with Penguin Young Leaders, Random House Children’s Books and PBS Kids for a read-aloud series across the world through an initiative called, “Read Together, Be Together.”
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Starting on Monday, April 20 at 12 noon Eastern, for four weeks Mrs. Obama will be reading one book until Monday, May 11. In an event called “Monday’s with Michelle Obama,” Mrs. Obama will be reading The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson; There’s a Dragon in Your Book by Tom Fletcher; Miss Maple’s Seeds by Eliza Wheeler; and The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle.
I'm thrilled to share some of my favorite children's books and give kids an opportunity to practice their reading (while giving families a much-needed break!).
— Michelle Obama (@MichelleObama) April 17, 2020
“As a little kid, I loved to read aloud. And when I became a parent, I found such joy in sharing the magic of storytelling with my own children—and then later, as first lady, with kids everywhere,” Mrs. Obama shared in a statement.
“At this time when so many families are under so much stress, I’m excited to give kids a chance to practice their reading and hear some wonderful stories (and to give parents and caretakers a much-needed break).” Families can tune into the initiative livestream on PBS Kids’ Facebook page and YouTube channel, or the Penguin Random House Facebook page.
- April 20: “The Gruffalo” by Julia Donaldson, illustrated by Axel Scheffler
- April 27: “There’s a Dragon in Your Book” by Tom Fletcher, illustrated by Greg Abbott
- May 4: “Miss Maple’s Seeds” by Eliza Wheeler
- May 11: “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” by Eric Carle
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