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Mrs. Laura Bush's Recommended Summer Reading List: Comfort Books

August 2, 2018
By Emily Battleson
Mrs. Laura Bush's favorite comfort books for kids to read this summer.

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:

Happy Reading!