Mondays with Michelle Obama features the beloved former First Lady reading aloud from a different beloved children’s book each week.
The program is sponsored by Penguin Young Readers, Random House Children’s Books, and PBS KIDS, as part of the “Read-Along” effort. on Facebook and YouTube, Mondays at 12 Noon ET..
Mondays with Michelle Obama (#PBSKIDSRead, #ReadTogetherBeTogether) is livestreamed simultaneously on PBS KIDS’ Facebook page and YouTube channel at 12 Noon, and on Penguin Random House’s Facebook page.
If you miss one, the readings will remain available for viewing on demand on all of those platforms, including last week’s book, The Gruffalo, written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler.
Here’s the schedule
April 27, 12 noon ET:
There’s a Dragon in Your Book
- Written by Tom Fletcher and illustrated by Greg Abbott
May 4, 12 noon ET:
Miss Maple’s Seeds
- Story and pictures by Eliza Wheeler
May 11, 12 noon ET:
The Very Hungry Caterpillar
- By Eric Carle
In a press release from PBS, Michelle 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).”
There’s also a suite of activities, tips, and resources for each of the books that Mrs. Obama will read.
In the past, the “Read Along!” YouTube series, which has featured Brad Meltzer (“Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum”), Marc Brown (“Arthur”), Victoria Kann (“Pinkalicious & Peterrific”) and Angela Santomero (“Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood”).