Michelle Obama to lead weekly online story time series for kids amid pandemic

Amid the coronavirus pandemic “Monday’s with Michelle Obama,” a weekly story time series for PBS, is about to launch.

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The Hill reports former first lady Michelle Obama will be hosting a live-streamed story time session every week for children over the next month as schools across the country remain closed during the coronavirus pandemic.

Penguin Young Readers, Random House Children’s Books and PBS KIDS announced on Friday that the former first lady will be reading some of her favorite children’s books for the next four weeks, starting this coming Monday, as part of a collaborative effort with the organizations.

The four-week series, dubbed “Mondays with Michelle Obama” will feature Obama reading one book during a story session that will be streamed live at noon (ET) from the PBS KIDS’ Facebook page and YouTube channel as well as Penguin Random House’s Facebook page.

The companies said in an announcement that each of the four sessions will also be available for viewing “on demand on all of those platforms immediately thereafter.”

The four books Obama will be reading as part of the initiative are “The Gruffalo,” “The Very Hungry Caterpillar,” “Miss Maple’s Seeds” and “There’s a Dragon in Your Book.”

“As a little kid, I loved to read aloud,” she said in a statement on Friday. “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-need,” she added.

The effort by Obama follows similar story time reading efforts launched by celebrities in recent weeks, including country music legend Dolly Parton and former “Reading Rainbow” host Levar Burton.