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Michelle Obama Reads Stories to Kids!

Former First Lady, Michelle Obama, is coming over to your house once a week! Thanks to the Read Together, Be Together initiative. Penguin Young Readers, Random House Children’s Books, and PBS KIDS, Mrs. Obama will be in your home to read stories to your kids!

Read Together, Be Together is a nationwide movement that celebrates the importance and power of the shared reading experience between a child and their adult caregiver. Reading aloud every day is one of the most effective ways to foster early literacy and is important for building language skills. First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama, in support of this initiative will launch a “Read-Along” effort in collaboration with Penguin Young Readers, Random House Children’s Books, and PBS KIDS  on Facebook and YouTube.

Obama says, “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. 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).”

On Mon., Apr.20, at 12 p.m. ET, “Mondays with Michelle Obama” will kick off a four-week series of videos that will feature Obama reading aloud from beloved children’s books (one book every Mon. through May 11).  “Mondays with Michelle Obama” (#PBSKIDSRead, #ReadTogetherBeTogether) will be livestreamed simultaneously on PBS KIDS’ Facebook page and YouTube channel, and on Penguin Random House’s Facebook page, and will remain available for viewing on demand on all of those platforms immediately thereafter. 

The four books Obama will read are:

  • Apr. 20, 12 p.m. ET: The Gruffalo. Written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler
  • Apr. 27, 12 p.m. ET: There’s a Dragon in Your Book. Written by Tom Fletcher and illustrated by Greg Abbott
  • May 4, 12 p.m. ET: Miss Maple’s Seeds. Story and pictures by Eliza Wheeler
  • May 11, 12 p.m. ET: The Very Hungry Caterpillar By Eric Carle

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