Children will soon be able to tune into a story time led by former First Lady Michelle Obama.
The former first lady is partnering with PBS Kids and Penguin Random House to begin “Mondays with Michelle Obama” in April.
Every Monday, Michelle Obama will hold a weekly read-along series where she will read four of her favorite children’s books, including “The Gruffalo” by Julia Donaldson, as PBS Kids announced. The story time will be live-streamed on Facebook and YouTube.
“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,” Michelle Obama wrote on Twitter, along with the announcement.
She noted this will give families “a much-needed break.” She wrote in a statement:
“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).”
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
Join me, @PBSKIDS, and @penguinrandom for read-alongs on Mondays at 12pm ET on @PBSKIDS Facebook and YouTube! https://t.co/839isAWKSt
“This week was President Obama’s moment to enter the campaign. Of course Mrs. Obama supports Joe Biden and we will keep you posted on her plans,” an Obama aide told The Hill.
A Biden aide said:
“We know what pretty much everyone in America does: Michelle Obama is probably the most beloved member of the Democratic party and her support is a big deal. Any future announcement would reflect the incredible impact her voice has.”