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Mrs. Laura Bush's Recommended Summer Reading List: Comfort Books
In times of hardship, a parent’s first instinct is to comfort their child. However, navigating discussions about sadness or loss with a child can be challenging. Literature can be a wonderful resource for opening up a dialogue. Books help translate difficult concepts into more relatable terms and empower children to express their feelings. For a child suffering from homesickness, separation anxiety or loss, reading can be a great source of comfort.
Often the simple act of snuggling up and reading together can make a child feel safe and at ease. Whether your child needs help coping with the death of a family member or reassurance of how much he or she is loved, books are powerful communication tools and summer is a great time to make reading a priority. Here are Mrs. Laura Bush’s favorite comfort books:
What Have You Lost by Naomi Shihab Nye
The Story about Ping by Marjorie Flack
The Tenth Good Thing about Barney by Judith Viorst
I Love You, Little One by Nancy Tafuri
The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn
It’s not too late to join the Laura Bush Foundation’s summer reading challenge of reading 30 minutes each day. Don’t forget to check out other recommendations from Mrs. Laura Bush’s summer reading list:
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As we look back on 2018, we celebrate some of the top moments from the Bush Institute’s work in domestic excellence.
Rebuilding School Libraries in Puerto Rico
Scholastic's Darlene Vazquez recounts the horrific aftermath of Hurricane Maria and shares how the Laura Bush Foundation’s 2017 Disaster Relief grants have benefited school libraries and students.