Ben Carson to read stories for children at home amid the coronavirus pandemic
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Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben CarsonBenjamin (Ben) Solomon CarsonSunday shows preview: Coronavirus poses questions about school safety; Trump commutes Roger Stone sentence Carson calls for local leaders to 'condemn vandalization of statues,' 'dismantle autonomous zones' Ben Carson to read stories for children at home amid the coronavirus pandemic MORE will read a weekly story to children who are staying home amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic in a new web series.

“Throughout the summer, @SecretaryCarson will publish weekly story time videos for children who may be spending the summer at home because of COVID-19,” the department tweeted Thursday.

Carson’s first pick was “Cookies” by Keith Baker. The book tells the story of Mr. Green, who eats a tray of cookies despite being warned at first that they are “terrible.”

Carson tweeted Thursday “Reading is a fundamental part of learning and it certainly had an important impact on my life. A love of reading is a skill that will serve children greatly for the rest of their lives.” 

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Children across the country have been forced to attend school and preschool online in their homes during the pandemic. 

Earlier this year, former first lady Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaPrinceton must finish what it started The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Justices rule Manhattan prosecutor, but not Congress, can have Trump tax records The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Trump takes on CDC over schools MORE announced a weekly livestream story time session for children that lasted a month. The series was dubbed "Mondays with Michelle Obama."

Groups of celebrities have also been reading to children in quarantine at home during the coronavirus pandemic. Actors Jennifer Garner and Amy Adams launched the program "Save With Stories" last month, enlisting fellow celebrities, medical professionals and others to read to children on Instagram. The program raises money for the charities Save the Children and No Kind Hungry.

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