A Message from First Lady Barbara Bush
A Mother’s Lifetime of Love & Learning
Family is unquestionably the most important part of my life. Children, after all, are our most precious resource. After raising five children of my own, I now am blessed to be called “Ganny” by 21 grandchildren and one great grandchild! And, like most every mother and grandmother in America, the thing we want most is for our children to become happy, healthy and responsible adults. I knew when I first became a mom and still believe today – parents are a child’s first teacher. I know that learning to read at an early age is paramount to a rewarding life. I have the fondest memories of reading to my children when they were young – the smallest on my lap, a couple of others nestled by my knee.
I put my love for literacy in the national spotlight as I took on the monumental role as First Lady. Of course, my husband, President George H.W. Bush, has been there to support my passion for reading and family literacy from day one. We both recognized that by improving literacy, we are not only helping families but also attaining a more prosperous nation.
Suddenly it seemed so simple. If more people could read, write, and comprehend, most of the problems we worried about in our country would be either solved, or certainly much better. -Barbara Bush
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Today, as honorary chair of the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy, I am excited to see how the next generation takes this literacy movement forward. With Jeb Bush and Doro Bush Koch serving as the national Foundation’s co-chairs; Neil and Maria Bush chairing the Houston Celebration of Reading effort; George P. and Mandi Bush heading up the Dallas/Fort Worth Celebration; Jeb Jr. and Sandra advocating for literacy in Florida – I am proud of how committed they are to carry on this family legacy. Even the Bush Family dogs have had their day in the spotlight as characters in two of my books!
Please join us in making a positive difference in the lives and futures of families across America.
‘‘When I talk about family literacy, I am talking about families of all kinds: the big and bouncing kind, the single parent, extended families, divorced, homeless and migrant.”