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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:
Mrs. Laura Bush's Recommended Summer Reading List: Intermediate Readers
Check out Mrs Laura Bush's favorite books for students this summer.
Mrs. Laura Bush's Recommended Summer Reading List: Family Reading
Check out some of Mrs. Laura Bush's favorite books to read aloud as a family this summer.
School Raises $1K for Laura Bush Foundation’s 2017 Disaster Relief Initiative During Annual Coin Collecting Contest
During the annual Scholastic Book Fair at Aurora Quest K-8, students in each homeroom class compete in a coin collecting contest. Students empty their pockets and race to raise money to donate to select places in need of new books. This year, Aurora Quest’s student body raised $1,000 in coins that was donated to the Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries’ 2017 Disaster Relief Initiative. The funds will help rebuild school library collections that were damaged or destroyed during the many disasters that plagued the U.S. last fall. “The consensus this year was that the hurricanes had affected schools in the South to a serious extent, so we looked for a way to get books to those schools,” said Mary Beth Macleay, Aurora Quest’s librarian. “We certainly hope our contribution [to the 2017 Disaster Relief Initiative] will directly get books into the hands of students. Our students love to read and want to share that experience,