Laura Bush is a former librarian, an ardent lover of books, and an advocate of reading and lifelong learning. By
sharing her love of books with children and adults, Mrs. Bush hopes to encourage Americans not only to read
themselves, but to share reading with their families. During her time in Texas and Washington, Mrs. Bush has
sponsored many initiatives urging children and adults to read, including events that celebrate the great authors and
writings of America.
Ready to Read, Ready to Learn was launched by Mrs. Bush in February 2001, as an initiative with two major
ensuring that all young children are ready to read and learn when they enter their first classroom, and that once
there, children have well-trained, qualified teachers, especially in our most impoverished neighborhoods.
White House Salute to America's Authors Mrs. Bush developed this series of literary events to honor some of
America's most significant authors, including Mark Twain, authors of the Harlem Rennaisance and women authors of the
National Book Festival is supported by Mrs. Bush each year to encourage Americans to develop a lifelong love of
reading. The festival is free and open to the public. The 2003 National Book Festival is scheduled for October 4, on
the National Mall.
Reach Out and Read is a non-profit organization founded in 1989 at Boston Medical Center (formerly Boston City
Hospital) by a group of pediatricians and early childhood educators. Through the program, pediatricians give books to their patients to take home at all pediatric
check-ups from six months to five years of age, encouraging parents to read aloud to their babies and infants.
The Designated Reader Campaign, a PBS initiative, encourages parents to read aloud to their children every day.
For more information about the Designated Reader Campaign, go to http://pbskids.org/lions/designated/.
Get Caught Reading is a campaign to get people of all ages across the nation to enjoy reading. The campaign is
sponored by the Association of American Publishers and the Magazine Publishers of America.
Texas Book Festival is a state-wide festival that Mrs. Bush started as wife of the Governer of Texas. This
year's festival is scheduled for November 6-9, in Austin, Texas.