The Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy is launching Mrs. Bush’s Story Time, a new podcast for families featuring original recordings from the radio program of the same name.
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 features archived audio recordings of Barbara Bush reading aloud with special guests including Winnie the Pooh, Daffy Duck, Big Bird and others. Together they share classic stories that parents and kids alike will enjoy, such as Jack and the Beanstalk, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, The Ugly Duckling and Corduroy.
“We’re thrilled to bring Mrs. Bush’s legacy to life in a new, modern format that supports and furthers her commitment to lifelong learning,” said Barbara Bush Foundation President and CEO British A. Robinson. “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. Now more than ever, we hope this podcast can help bring families together around reading and storytelling.”
Reimagined for the present day, the podcast also features new content including introductions from Mrs. Bush’s daughter and Foundation Honorary Chair Doro Bush Koch, literacy tips from former First Lady Laura Bush, and memories about childhood reading experiences shared by best-selling authors Delia Owens, Jesse J. Holland, Susan Orlean and Eric L. Motley.
“I’m so glad that another generation of families will have a way to connect with these classic stories and beloved characters – with a little help from my mom,” Koch said. “Her advocacy for family literacy wasn’t something she just talked about – it was a value she practiced, whether she was reading to me and my brothers before bed or sharing her passion with children around the country through these radio broadcasts.”
You can find more information about the podcast and subscribe to listen at barbarabush.org/podcast/.