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.