In 2010, The Malvern School learned about Mrs. Bush’s 1991 ABC Network radio show called, “Mrs. Bush’s Story Time.” One million children and their parents were able to listen to Mrs. Bush – and a host of well-know celebrities – reading some of the nation’s best-loved children’s books- with one singular goal- to encourage reading and provide an entertaining, educational format to bring parents and their children together to read aloud.
The creator of the series was a Philadelphia non- profit organization called the Children’s Literacy Initiative. With their permission, and the thumbs up from Mrs. Bush, The Malvern School curriculum experts came up with a bold idea to reintroduce Mrs. Bush’s Story Time, to more than 2,000 of our pre-school students, and re-launch what we now know is a literacy treasure chest.
To capture the spirit of Mrs. Bush’s Story Time, and adapt it to the pre-school classroom, the Malvern School has created dynamic activity plans for each of the children’s books featured in the original broadcast. In a collaboration with the George H. W. Bush Presidential Library, we are offering them free-of-charge to all pre-schools and libraries across the U.S. The Bush Library will also be hosting special Story Time Programs, based upon our activity plans, and they have provided a link on their web site for anyone interested in downloading them from our Malvern School site.
We welcome and encourage educators and parents to download the complete packet, which also includes colorful graphics, and other elements to make the lesson plans extremely user friendly. For additional information about the Bush Library and Museum visit: http://bushlibrary.tamu.edu/