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Barack and Michelle Obama read children’s book in new video

Barack and Michelle Obama shared a video in which they read a children’s book to give ‘pars a break’ across the country.

The former president, 58, and the former first lady, 56, sat down at home to read The Word Collector, a book written and illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds.

In addition to reading the book to all of the kids who tuned in, the couple also emphasized the importance of libraries, including their own beloved Chicago Public Library.

Sweet: Barack and Michelle Obama shared a video in which they read a children's book to give 'pars a break' across the country

Sweet: Barack and Michelle Obama shared a video in which they read a children’s book to give ‘pars a break’ across the country

Reading is fun! In addition to reading the book to all of the kids who tuned in, the couple also emphasized the importance of libraries, including their own beloved Chicago Public Library

Reading is fun! In addition to reading the book to all of the kids who tuned in, the couple also emphasized the importance of libraries, including their own beloved Chicago Public Library

Reading is fun! In addition to reading the book to all of the kids who tuned in, the couple also emphasized the importance of libraries, including their own beloved Chicago Public Library

“Michelle and I want to do our bit to give all your parents a break today, so we read” The Word Collector “for @chipublib,” President Obama tweeted.

The book: The former president, 58, and the former first lady, 56, sat down at home to read 'The Word Collector,' a book written and illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds

The book: The former president, 58, and the former first lady, 56, sat down at home to read 'The Word Collector,' a book written and illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds

The book: The former president, 58, and the former first lady, 56, sat down at home to read ‘The Word Collector,’ a book written and illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds

“It’s a fun book that vividly illustrates the transformative power of words – and we hope you enjoy it as much as we do.”

In the video, the couple sat together at their home office in front of a bookshelf.

“Welcome to Live from the Library,” he says. “Today we thought we would read you a story.”

“I remember my first trip to the library and how important I felt,” adds Michelle, as an old photo of her and her brother Craig appears on the screen.

“It was around the age of four. My library card was a key that opened up a world of knowledge and experiences. ‘

“Public libraries are essential institutions, so we are bringing a new section of the Chicago Public Library to the Obama Presidential Center on the south side,” added Barack.

“I remember my first trip to the library and how important I felt,” said Michelle, sharing a photo of her as a child with her brother Craig

Mom and Dad: The two took turns reading pages from the book

Mom and Dad: The two took turns reading pages from the book

Mom and Dad: The two took turns reading pages from the book

The former president said, “We chose this book because it illustrates the transformative power of words. I like words. '

The former president said, “We chose this book because it illustrates the transformative power of words. I like words. '

The former president said, “We chose this book because it illustrates the transformative power of words. I like words. ‘

When it opens, it gives families another chance to explore their interests, learn and connect with their communities. And we love that you ever come. ‘

The two then turned to “The World Collector,” with Barack saying, “We chose this book because it illustrates the transformative power of words. I like words. ‘

“Yes, your favorite,” Michelle replies, before they start reading.

When they finished the book, Michelle joked that her husband was “the word man” and “looks a bit like Jerome,” the main character of the book.

“They have the same ears,” she joked.

“Mine are slightly larger than Jerome’s,” he replied.

“A lot bigger,” she countered, with a big grin and a laugh from her husband.

The perfect babysitter: Michelle organized virtual stories for children earlier in April and early May

The perfect babysitter: Michelle organized virtual stories for children earlier in April and early May

The perfect babysitter: Michelle organized virtual stories for children earlier in April and early May

Streaming: She read another book for children on four Monday in a row

Streaming: She read another book for children on four Monday in a row

Streaming: She read another book for children on four Monday in a row

Getting Involved: Ms. Obama did lots of funny facial expressions and voices during the animated reading of the first book

Getting Involved: Ms. Obama did lots of funny facial expressions and voices during the animated reading of the first book

Getting Involved: Ms. Obama did lots of funny facial expressions and voices during the animated reading of the first book

Getting Involved: Ms. Obama did lots of funny facial expressions and voices during the animated reading of the first book

Getting Involved: Ms. Obama did lots of funny facial expressions and voices during the animated reading of the first book

Michelle recently completed a month-long hosting performance of ‘Mondays with Michelle’, in which she read four different children’s books for an online story.

Mondays with Michelle was a collaboration with Penguin Young Readers, Random House Children’s Books and PBS Kids.

Every Monday, a new lecture was streamed on PBS Kids’ Facebook page, the YouTube page, and the Penguin Random House Facebook page.

“I love sharing some of my favorite children’s books and giving kids a chance to read (while giving families a much needed break!),” The former first lady wrote on Twitter.

She started reading Julia Donaldson’s The Gruffalo, installing her camera in the same home office as her new video with her husband.

Yay for books! Mondays with Michelle is a collaboration with Penguin Young Readers, Random House Children's Books and PBS Kids

Yay for books! Mondays with Michelle is a collaboration with Penguin Young Readers, Random House Children's Books and PBS Kids

Yay for books! Mondays with Michelle is a collaboration with Penguin Young Readers, Random House Children’s Books and PBS Kids

“I love sharing some of my favorite children’s books and giving kids a chance to read (while giving families a much needed break!)” Wrote the first lady.

Flashback: She and former President Barack Obama are pictured reading to children over Easter in 2016

Flashback: She and former President Barack Obama are pictured reading to children over Easter in 2016

Flashback: She and former President Barack Obama are pictured reading to children over Easter in 2016

“This is a book about a little mouse who uses his wit and imagination to outsmart a snake, an owl and a hungry fox while walking through a deep, dark forest,” she said to introduce the lecture .

She followed with lectures from There a Dragon in Your Book by Tom Fletcher on April 27, Miss Maple’s Seeds by Eliza Wheeleron on May 4, and Eric Carle’s classic, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, on May 11.

According to Mashable, the lectures were for the literacy initiative Read Together, Be Together by Penguin Random House. ‘

The initiative was planned to start this summer, but was stepped up because of the pandemic.

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Equal opportunities: Mr. Obama is a major promoter of girls' education around the world

Equal opportunities: Mr. Obama is a major promoter of girls’ education around the world

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