“Now, more than ever, it is important to keep children engaged in reading.”

By Meghan Overdeep
July 23, 2020
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Laura Bush is sharing her list of must-read books for young readers.

This week, the former first lady released her annual summer reading list. Mrs. Laura Bush's 2020 Summer Reading List for Kids breaks up her 22 favorite picks into three age groups: youngest, elementary-school-aged, and middle-school-aged readers.

“Now, more than ever, it is important to keep children engaged in reading,” Bush said in a statement. “This summer reading list includes picks for the youngest readers through middle schoolers—with topics ranging from race and kindness, to staying true to yourself, to the special bond of sisterhood—ensuring all readers are kept entertained throughout the summer and into the school year.”

The portion of the list intended for youngest readers includes Sisters First—written by her daughters Jenna Bush Hager and Barbara Pierce Bush—alongside titles like Hair Love and Mae Among the Stars.

For elementary school readers, Bush, who worked as an elementary school teacher and librarian for many years prior to The White House, suggests books like Wrecking Ball (Diary of a Wimpy Kid Book 14), Separate Is Never Equal, and The Proudest Blue: A Story of Hijab and Family. Older kids will find best-selling titles like Bud, Not Buddy and Brown Girl Dreaming in their portion of the list. (You can find the full list here.)

The former first lady has spent decades sharing her love for reading with the nation’s children as well as her own.

“Our mom made sure my sister and I were surrounded with wonderful books from the time we were babies," Bush Hager told Parents in her recent August cover story.  

It’s a tradition the Today host keeps alive at home with her own three children: son Henry "Hal," who turns 1 in August, plus daughters Poppy, 4, and Mila, 7. “Sharing favorite books is one of the best parts of parenting,” Bush Hager said.

We couldn’t agree more. Happy reading, y’all!