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Mrs. Laura Bush's Recommended Summer Reading List: Family Reading

May 16, 2018 by Sarah Boynton Gibbons
Check out some of Mrs. Laura Bush's favorite books to read aloud as a family this summer.

“If you always have your phone in front of your face, your children will think they are not interesting. When you have children, put your phone down and pay attention to them. Read to them—that’s the most important thing.” –Mrs. Laura Bush

There is nothing more heart-warming than when your child crawls into your lap with a new book in hand to read together. Family reading not only creates happy memories, but it has substantial benefits for both children and adults. According to the Huffington Post, reading aloud to your children is one of the best ways to build a strong family bond. Reading books aloud also exposes your children to sophisticated words that can expand their vocabulary and improve their communication skills.

Most importantly, family reading sets an example for kids to follow and teaches them to love reading at an early age—an invaluable gift. Summertime is a great moment to make reading as a family a priority. Not sure where to begin? Join the Laura Bush Foundation’s summer reading challenge of reading 30 minutes each day and get started with one of Mrs. Laura Bush’s favorite family reading books:

Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White

Hank the Cowdog (series) by John R. Erickson

Little House on the Prairie (series) by Laura Ingalls Wilder

The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery

Stay tuned this summer as we unveil more of Mrs. Bush’s summer reading list. Happy Reading!


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Sarah Boynton Gibbons
Sarah Boynton Gibbons

Sarah Gibbons serves as the Manager, Communications for the George W. Bush Presidential Center with a focus on the Bush Institute’s domestic initiatives.

Prior to joining the Bush Center, she worked with clients from Spain to promote wine, architecture and luxury goods in the U.S. market at Janet Kafka and Associates, a Dallas-based international marketing and public relations firm. Boynton also worked in Corporate Communications at Parkland Hospital as a media specialist.

She is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin where she received a Bachelor of Journalism degree and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Hispanic Studies.  

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