Michelle Obama is reading books for children live at noon (ET) on Mondays


Like CB, my kids are teens (well, they both will be on Friday!) and given that they are self-sufficient, it’s been really nice having them home with me. But, again, like CB, I could not imagine quarantine with young children. I had a truly difficult time staying home with them as young children without quarantine. So I promise you, if mine were still in single digits, I would have a chart of every celebrity offering to read to my kids at which time right now. The latest ‘get’ in our celebrity babysitting club is former first lady Michelle Obama, who began reading to our nations toddlers on Monday and promises to do so until mid-May.

Michelle Obama is cracking open some of her favorite children’s picture books — which the former First Lady will read aloud in free live-streams over the next four weeks for kids stuck at home.

In “Mondays With Michelle Obama,” she’ll read aloud from a different classic children’s book every Monday at noon ET, starting April 20 and running through May 11. The project is a collaboration among Obama, Penguin Young Readers, Random House Children’s Books, and PBS Kids.

Each of Michelle Obama’s reading will be live-streamed simultaneously on PBS Kids’ Facebook page and YouTube channel, and on Penguin Random House’s Facebook page. The videos will remain available for on-demand viewing on each platform afterward.

“As a little kid, I loved to read aloud,” Michelle Obama said in a statement. “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.”

She continued, “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).”

[From Variety via Jezebel]

To enhance the reading experience with Michelle, Penguin Random House has “activities and resources for each of the books” available on their Read Together Be Together page and further resources on PBS’s parents page. The books Michelle will be reading are There’s A Dragon in Your Book next Monday, Miss Maple’s Seeds on May 4, and The Very Hungry Caterpillar on May 11th. If you missed it, she read The Gruffalo last Monday, but the Read Together Be Together link still has resources for that story up. The only unfortunate part is that Mondays with Michelle Obama is at the same time as LeVar Burton’s kids’ reading time! Maybe parents can tape one and play it on another morning.

Michelle is also working very hard to push the Vote By Mail movement to make mail-in ballots available to all. Last Monday, after she’d read to the kiddies in the AM, Michelle hosted her second When We All Vote Couch Party event, that included Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson, among others. Michelle and Barack Obama are co-chairing the movement to make voting accessible to everyone. The first hour and a half was information on how to vote by mail and why it’s so important while the second half of the three-hour event was a dance party hosted by Michelle and DJ D-Nice, who really deserves some kind of official honors when this is all done.



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  1. Seraphina says:

    Swoon- I may just switch my lunch hour to sit and hear MO read to me while I eat.

  2. Eleonor says:


  3. Nev says:

    This is how you do it First Lady.

  4. Esmom says:

    Love this. Hope it bring a little relief and magic to all the parents home with their kiddos now and helps foster a lifelong love to reading to many!

    And love love love the vote by mail initiative. I can’t imagine the trashing they will be (or already are) taking from the right. Sigh.

  5. Lily says:

    Where is Melania? In the pavilion?

  6. JJ McClay says:

    So, today in my social media newsfeed, a former friend who’s turned into a full blown COVID conspiracy theorist shared links suggesting that Michelle Obama reading stories is part of the “global Coronavirus conspiracy”… I don’t even fully understand why, something to do with her being friends with Bill Gates and the Clintons and Disney. Apparently Lady Gaga, Madonna, Beyoncé, and Tom Hanks are all part of the global conspiracy too. (Jim Carey and Ricky Gervais have “tried to warn us”, so they’re not part of the conspiracy, FYI.)


    SO many people agreed with her. So many people. It made me feel despair — how is our world ever going to right itself when there are so many nut jobs out there with big platforms? (This girl has 30k followers.)

    On a happier note, Hi Former First Lady Michelle Obama! [*waves*] You are a class act and the rest of us love you!

    • anniefannie says:

      IKR?!? I had no idea how many moronic nut jobs are out there! I’ve said to my former in- laws ( Trump supporters) that it’s quite possible the Universe has decided to thin the herd , please God choose carefully and rid ourselves of these rapacious assholes

      • lucy2 says:

        The sad part is they aren’t the only ones who will be affected. I wouldn’t shed a tear for any of the protestors, but they then go to the grocery store, the pharmacy, etc, and when they’re all sick, the hospital and healthcare providers have to care for them.

        But it is astounding to see how many people are so stupid. Someone I know posted a quack doctor video with totally wrong science (that I was able to look up in 2 minutes) and when I posted the facts (along the lines of “these 2 things are chemically different”), her response was “well, it’s still up for debate”. NOOOOO. Facts are not up for debate.

  7. Amy says:

    I love her! She is just the best, and i really appreciate how much she cares about children and America at large. We did not deserve the Obamas but I am glad we had/have them.

    Forever First Lady

  8. CindyP says:

    Can someone please remind me what “Waste of Space” Melania is doing to help kids & families, besides playing tennis at her taxpayer funded tennis pavilion ? I must have missed it

    • lucy2 says:

      I think her team did a weak “stay home” tweet or something a few weeks ago. She’s probably loving this, all she does is hide out. Useless.

      Michelle has done so much, both as the FLOTUS and as a private citizen. This is a really lovely thing for her to do, and I want to listen too! I listened to her memoir via audiobook, and it was so good.
      I’m also so grateful they are pushing Vote By Mail – if your state allows it, PLEASE apply! You’ll get ballots for EVERY election, so you won’t miss any of those weird little local ones that pop up at odd times.

  9. Flamingo says:

    I just love her! I had the pleasure of meeting her years ago when I was working at a law school that she visited. If I remember correctly, it was an unannounced visit and she just popped in when she was in town. She was genuinely thrilled to be there and to interact with the students unlike some other visitors (cough, cough Justice Scalia).

  10. Anna says:

    If it’s live streaming on YouTube, you should be able to watch it later on YouTube too, I think.

  11. Meghan says:

    My son and I watched it on Monday it was fun! I think the time is wrong, though. I got on Facebook at 11am (central) and it said the live reading was over, people were saying it had started at 10. We were able to pull it up on the PBS Kids YouTube channel a few minutes after 11. It was still fun and I can’t wait until next Monday and I miss her so much!!

  12. Soni says:

    My 7 year old son and I watched yesterday. She was very good at the read aloud- which isn’t easy (of course she was!) and it was just nice to see her again. We’ll be watching every Monday 🙂

  13. Joanna says:

    She is my favorite famous person. Love her!