PenguinRandomHouse | New York, 04/21/2020

Michelle Obama Reads Aloud From Her Favorite Children’s Books

Subject: Media & Services, Corona
Country: USA
Category: Project

For all the children now stuck at home, Michelle Obama will be reading out loud from her favorite children’s books every Monday. The series kicked off yesterday with “The Gruffalo” by Julia Donaldson. “Mondays with Michelle Obama” is part of Penguin Random House’s “Read Together, Be Together”  and PBS Kids’ “Read-Along” initiatives. Children can join the read-aloud sessions on Facebook and YouTube.

Working from home while also caring for the kids is a challenge that millions of people face every day during the coronavirus crisis. In the U.S., they are now receiving some celebrity support: Michelle Obama, former First Lady of the United States, and Penguin Random House author, will be reading out loud from one of her favorite children’s books once a week, starting yesterday. As Penguin Young Readers, Random House Children’s Books, and the U.S. children’s channel PBS KIDS further announced on Friday, “Mondays with Michelle Obama” is part of the reading-aloud initiatives “Read Together, Be Together” by Penguin Random House and “Read-Along” by PBS Kids, and will be made available on Facebook and YouTube. The author has extended her reading hours with four new stories over two weeks.

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.” Michelle Obama picked Julia Donaldson’s “The Gruffalo” (1999), “There’s A Dragon In Your Book” by Tom Fletcher, “Miss Maple’s Seeds” by Eliza Wheeler and “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” by Eric Carle as read-aloud books. After each live event at noon, the videos will be available for viewing. In May, the author expanded the originally planned framework of the initiative by two weeks and four books. The reading-aloud campaign also includes activities, tips, and accompanying material at www.readtogetherbetogether.com.