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, with companion literacy resources available at

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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