Former US First Lady, Michelle Obama is introducing her child-fans to some of her favourite kiddie picture books — she would be reading them out loud at free live-streams over the next four weeks for kids stuck at home all over the world.

In “Mondays With Michelle Obama,” she’ll read aloud from a different classic children’s book every Monday at noon ET, starting April 20 and running through May 11. The project is a collaboration among Obama, Penguin Young Readers, Random House Children’s Books, and PBS Kids.

Each of Michelle Obama’s reading will be live-streamed simultaneously on PBS Kids’ Facebook page and YouTube channel, and on Penguin Random House’s Facebook page. The videos will remain available for on-demand viewing on each platform afterwards.

The four books she would be reading are: “The Gruffalo” (April 20), written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler; “There’s a Dragon in Your Book” (April 27), written by Tom Fletcher and illustrated by Greg Abbott; “Miss Maple’s Seeds” (May 4), story and pictures by Eliza Wheeler; and Eric Carle’s “The Very Hungry Caterpillar.”

“As a little kid, I loved to read aloud,” Michelle Obama said in a statement. “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.”

She continued, “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).”

Penguin Random House also is making available a collection of activities and resources for each of the books that Obama will read at readtogetherbetogether.com, with companion literacy resources available at pbs.org/parents.

The publisher launched the “Read Together, Be Together” initiative last month in partnership with Meredith’s Parents magazine. Previous PBS Kids “Read-Alongs” have featured Brad Meltzer (“Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum”), Marc Brown (“Arthur”), Victoria Kann (“Pinkalicious & Peterrific”) and Angela Santomero (“Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood”).

Last year, Michelle Obama was featured in YouTube’s “BookTube” original special in which she discussed her memoir “Becoming” with a panel of popular YouTube creators.

Culled from Variety

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