About the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy

Former first lady Barbara Bush chose literacy as her life’s work based on a simple, but powerful belief: “If more people could read, write, and comprehend, we would be that much closer to solving so many of the problems plaguing our society.”

She knew that literacy is the key to a life of equity, opportunity, and prosperity for all Americans. Since she established the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy in 1989, research has proven her right, linking literacy to some of the most pressing issues of our time.

Over the past three decades, we have supported family literacy programs in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Today, we are a public charity based in Washington, D.C., committed to Barbara Bush’s vision of an America in which everyone has the opportunity to read, write, and comprehend in order to navigate the world with dignity.

Learn more about our work at www.barbarabush.org.

About the National Celebration of Reading

The National Celebration of Reading brings together members of the Bush family, bestselling authors and entertainers, and special guests to advance the work of the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy. This signature event at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., raises support for nationwide literacy programs and increases awareness of our country’s literacy crisis.

Learn more about the National Celebration of Reading here.