I’ll never forget Barbara Bush’s saying on television: Reading is fundamental. I always agreed with that, and I loved that she pushed it so hard. That’s why I’m so pleased to announce that the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy has launched a new podcast called Mrs. Bush’s Story Time Podcast. Mrs. Bush’s Story Time began as a radio program co-produced with the Philadelphia-based Children’s Literacy Initiative and ABC Radio and originally aired from 1990 to 1994 while Barbara Bush served as First Lady of the United States.
Each episode of the new podcast brings archived audio recordings of Barbara Bush reading aloud with special guests like Winnie the Pooh, Daffy Duck, Big Bird, and more, all beautifully reproduced in modern, high-definition audio. Through the podcast, parents and kids can enjoy classic stories such as Jack and the Beanstalk, Alexander and the Terrible, Awful, No Good Very Bad Day, The Ugly Duckling, Corduroy, and more. It’s a great way to bring story time into the modern world and really get the kids excited about the worlds that reading can open up for them. Especially now with children homeschooling, this is a great way to change up story time in your home.
Bringing back Barbara Bush’s classic storytime tales in high-definition is amazing in and of itself, but they didn’t stop there. They took her classic readings and reimagined them for the present day, adding content like introductions from Mrs. Bush’s daughter and Foundation Honorary Chair, Doro Bush Koch, along with literacy tips from former First Lady, Laura Bush, and memories of childhood reading from best-selling authors, Delia Ownes, Jesse J. Holland, Susan Orlean, and Eric L. Motley.
Mrs. Bush’s Story Time Podcast is a beautifully done remaster of the fantastic content that brought the joy of reading to so many children decades past, and I’m so excited for my kids and I be able to hear it. These remastered tales, along with exciting new additions, will bring the joy of storytime to an entirely new generation with a modern twist that’s sure to delight both parents and children, alike.
Some of our favorite books you can find in the line up will be:
Strega Nona with The Count
The Ugly Duckling with Daffy Duck
Jack and the Beanstalk with Daffy Duck
The Story of Ferdinand with Bugs Bunny
Sylvester and the Magic Pebble with Mickey and Minnie Mouse
You can find out more by visiting the story time podcast page at the Barbara Bush Foundation website.
21 thoughts on “Storytime Podcast Featuring Barbara Bush Announced”
This podcast is something I will definitely look into for my daughter. Thank you for sharing this.
Reading is fundamental!! In a world of social media, we are not talking about this enough. I am definitely checking out that podcast!
What a wonderful initiative this podcast is! Barbara Bush is truly great for taking this on and following her belief in the importance of reading and inspiring so many people in the process. This is something that so many children will be able to benefit from for some time to come.
This sounds like such a fun podcast! I’m sure my girls will love it!
I was looking for a good podcast for a while until I am getting used to listening to the audio books. Thanks for the introduction and I might consider bringing podcast back to my life. – Knycx Journeying
I think learning through podcast has really now become a part of my life. I will check this podcast for sure!
Interesting! I’ve started to listen to podcasts when I was reviewing for my IELTS exam (just sharing thought) 🙂 Will definitely check this one on your post next time!
I also try to learn from podcast from time to time. There’s a lot of good resources online. Learning is really never-ending!
Books have always been such a big part of our family’s life. I would love to look into this podcast for my grandchildren.
This is such a great idea and a fab way to keep kids occupied during this lockdown and covid crisis x
i would have loved this podcast as a child. i think i might just listen to it now because of the nostalgia. i too loved how Mrs. Bush pushed for reading. thanks for sharing,
Storytimes are so important for kids and are such a precious way of bonding. All these tips and recommendations are great, thanks for sharing.
I’ve never heard of this! I will definitely be checking it out for my kids!
This is the first time I heard about Mrs. Bush’s Story Time podcast. I hope to hear more about it. My niece would be excited for sure!
I agree with you, reading is really important for kids. I read some stories to my kids all the time.
What a great initiative. I love reading my kid bedtime stories. I will definitely take a look at this podcast. He might love it.
Reading is quite important and it’s great that my kids have a passion for it. That sounds like a wonderful podcast to check out.
Barbara is right – Reading is fundamental! Sending this post to my sister so my niece can access these awesome stories in quarantine!
Wow now this is a way to keep a legacy going. I didn’t know she did that much to keep reading fundamental in the 90s glad a podcast can be relevant today!
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Great! My little brothers also love it