While kids around the world may be at-home practicing social distancing, Michelle Obama still wants to find a way to connect with them through her virtual reading series.
The former First Lady is launching a new online children’s book reading series and hosting live sessions every Monday for the next four weeks.
During “Mondays With Michelle Obama,” kids at home will have a chance to practice their reading and give parents a break.
“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,” Mrs. Obama shared in a press release via CBS News.
Every Monday at noon Eastern Standard Time, Mrs. Obama will read a different popular children’s book live on PBS KIDS and Penguin Random House social media platforms.
This virtual reading series is a part of Penguin Random House’s literacy initiative, “Read Together, Be Together” and PBS KIDS’ “Read-Along” effort, which is featured on Facebook and YouTube.
While parents are home with their kids during this time still juggling work and taking care of their families, Mrs. Obama wants to provide a channel for kids to still get their virtual learning while schools remain closed.
She also wishes to give children something joyful to look forward to during their days at home.
Mrs. Obama wants to emphasize that although we’re isolating ourselves at home, we must remain connected as a community.
“The spirit and courage of the American people is most evident in times of crisis,” she said. “And during this period of physical separation, we’ve never been closer.”