Michelle Obama is here to calm your Sunday scaries with a new weekly reading series.
Starting April 20, the former first lady will read four classic children’s stories to bring a little joy to your quarantine. While the video series, titled “Mondays With Michelle Obama,” is aimed at kids stuck at home, let’s be honest, readers of all ages could use a story with a happy ending right now.
Obama realized this, which is why she decided to lead a weekly storytime for kids and adults alike. “At this time when so many families are under so much stress,” she said in a statement via Variety, “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).”
Obama’s month-long series, which is a collaboration among her, Penguin Young Readers, Random House Children’s Books, and PBS Kids, kicks off with a reading of The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson. Her reading list also includes There’s a Dragon in Your Book (April 27), Miss Maple’s Seeds (May 4), and Eric Carle’s classic The Very Hungry Caterpillar (May 11).
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