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

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Sarah Gibbons
Senior Manager, Communications
George W. Bush Institute

Check out some of Mrs. Laura Bush's favorite books to read aloud as a family.

“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.  Not sure where to begin? 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