Michelle Obama joins PBS KIDS for new children’s reading show

While some observers have predicted that former First Lady Michelle Obama will seek the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination, or at least join Joe Biden’s campaign as a vice presidential candidate, she has consistently denied having any such plans. However, Obama isn’t hiding from the public eye.

On April 17, PBS announced that the former first lady is joining Penguin Young Readers, Random House Children’s Books, and PBS KIDS to make a video series focused on encouraging children to read.  

“On Monday, April 20, at 12 noon (ET), ‘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),” a statement from the network read.

The four featured books are, “The Gruffalo,” “The Very Hungry Caterpillar,” “Miss Maple’s Seeds,” and “There’s a Dragon in Your Book.”

Joy of reading

“As a little kid, I loved to read aloud,” Obama was quoted as saying. “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 cited a desire to help alleviate difficulties associated with the ongoing coronavirus pandemic as being part of her reason for doing the program.

“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),” she said.

In January, Obama was awarded a Grammy for the audio version of her best-selling memoir, “Becoming.” She is the second first lady to receive a Grammy, with Hillary Clinton having also done so in 1997 for her book “It Takes A Village.” Her husband, former President Barack Obama has won two Grammys for spoken word works.

Political future?

Michelle Obama has disavowed any further political ambitions, but that hasn’t stop commentators from suggesting that she may have a future in Washington.

While being interviewed by a local CBS affiliate in Pittsburgh, presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden agreed that he would consider her as a possible vice presidential pick.

“I’ve heard some speculation about Michelle Obama as Vice President,” said KDKA reporter Jon Delano. “If she said to you she’d be willing to be your running mate, would you ask her?”

“Oh, I’d take her in a heartbeat,” Biden responded. “She’s brilliant. She knows the way around. She is a really fine woman. The Obamas are great friends.”

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