This year’s events have certainly been a journey into untested waters! Questions never thought of before now have determined answers. For example, we now know how children respond to distance learning (especially while Mom & Dad are ‘distance-working’ in the same space that also happens to have all the delicious distractions children look for). The results are, of course, varied across the board. This is where the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy comes in!
The children’s education foundation recently launched Mrs. Bush’s Story Time, a new podcast for families that features original recordings from a radio program that first aired in the 90s. If you’ve never heard of Barbara or her mission, now is the best time for a quick history brush-up. Mrs. Bush’s Story Time began as a radio program co-produced with the Philadelphia-based Children’s Literacy Initiative, as well as ABC Radio. The show aired from 1990 to 1994, while Barbara Bush served as First Lady of the United States.
Mrs. Bush aligned her commitment to lifelong education and literacy by creating the original Story Time radio show. During the show, she would read aloud with very special, (and well-known) guests like Winnie the Pooh, Daffy Duck, Big Bird, and many others. Together they shared classic fairytales that both parents and their children around the country enjoyed.
Putting a modern spin on an old tale, Mrs. Bush’s Story Time Podcast features original audio from former First Lady Barbara Bush’s radio program, including special guests, former First Lady Laura Bush, Oprah Winfrey, and beloved children’s characters. The podcast is reimagined for the present-day and features new content, like literacy tips from former First Lady Laura Bush and storytime with best-selling authors Delia Owens, Jesse J. Holland, Susan Orlean and Eric L. Motley as they recount fond memories of their childhood experiences with reading.
Barbara Bush Foundation President and CEO, British A. Robinson, best describes the initiative as an effort to help bring families together through the joys of reading and storytelling. “Mrs. Bush was fond of saying that the home is the child’s first school, and we’re all spending a lot more time at home these days.”
Episodes of the podcast, like The Adventures of Frog and Toad with Elmo, bring to mind a golden age of children’s entertainment and literary classics, of bright Sunday mornings spent in wrinkled pajamas, watching cable television as the smell of breakfast wafts through the house, and making lifelong memories with beloved parents and siblings.
Subscribe to listen at www.barbarabushfoundation.org/podcast, on Spotify, or Apple Podcasts.