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In this Dec. 12, 2019, file photo, former U.S. first lady Michelle Obama speaks during an event for Obama Foundation in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. A voter advocacy group led by Michelle Obama announced support Monday, April 13, 2020, for making it easier for people to register to vote and cast ballots during the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian, File)
By The Skanner News
Published: 20 April 2020

Penguin Young Readers, Random House Children’s Books, and PBS KIDS announced on Friday a special collaboration with former First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama, in support of the recently announced 'Read Together, Be Together' Penguin Random House literacy initiative and PBS KIDS’ “Read-Along” effort on Facebook and YouTube.

On Monday, April 20, at 9:00 a.m. (PDT), 'Mondays with Michelle Obama' will kick off a four-week series of videos that will feature Mrs. Obama reading aloud from beloved children’s books (one book every Monday through May 11). “Mondays with Michelle Obama” (#PBSKIDSRead, #ReadTogetherBeTogether) will be livestreamed simultaneously on PBS KIDS’ Facebook page and YouTube channel, and on Penguin Random House’s Facebook page, and will remain available for viewing on demand on all of those platforms immediately thereafter.

The four books Mrs. Obama will read are:

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).”

A suite of activities, tips, and resources for each of the books that Mrs. Obama will read are available at www.readtogetherbetogether.com, and companion literacy resources are available on pbskidsforparents.org.

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