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A Tribute to the First Lady of Literacy Barbara Bush

It is with deep sadness and enormous gratitude that we honor the legacy and impact of an outstanding literacy champion, Barbara Bush. Many will pay tribute to her remarkable impact on our nation.


Reading Is Fundamental honors all of her amazing accomplishments; as a wife and mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, as the First and Second Lady of the United States, as a philanthropist, and as the Champion for Literacy. Barbara Bush was a long-standing supporter of Reading Is Fundamental and children’s literacy, from her dedicated service on the RIF board to lending her voice and her passion to the critical issue of literacy. She recognized that reading meant opportunity and that every American deserves the opportunities that literacy provides.


Mrs. Bush took on the cause of literacy after her son Neil was diagnosed with dyslexia and she never stopped advocating for the cause. She was a force of nature when she focused on an issue and that was certainly the case with literacy. Beyond her amazing contributions to literacy through her support of RIF, she lent her voice to literacy issues nationwide, wrote two children’s books about her family from the perspective of her dog C.Fred and Millie (donating all the proceeds to literacy charities), and launched the Barbara Bush Family Literacy Foundation.


Barbara Bush leaves a legacy of impact through family, through public service and through literacy. Reading Is Fundamental is committed to continuing her work by ensuring all children have the opportunity to read, learn and grow. And just like Barbara Bush, we will not stop until every child in America can read. Help RIF honor Mrs. Bush and continue her commitment to children's literacy by giving a donation in her name.

“The American Dream is about equal opportunity for everyone who works hard. If we don’t give everyone the ability to simply read and write, then we aren’t giving everyone an equal chance to succeed.

-Barbara Bush