August 9th, 2007
12:50 PM ET
11 years ago

Laura, Jenna Bush writing children's book

Laura and Jenna Bush are writing a book, USA TODAY reports.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - The first lady is set to become a first author.

Laura Bush, along with daughter Jenna, are in the process of writing a children's book about a child who does not like reading, USA TODAY reports.

The picture book, to be published next spring by HarperCollins, is inspired by the teaching experiences of both Laura and Jenna. The elder Mrs. Bush is a former public school teacher, while the younger Bush taught in Washington, DC after she graduated college.

The official announcement is expected to come later Thursday.

"It's a book that I've always wanted to write," Laura Bush told USA TODAY. "And it's fun to be able to do it with your daughter."

Laura Bush also told the paper she expects the task to be difficult.

"In a picture book, there are so few words, so each word has to be perfect," she said. Jenna and I know that, and we know that each page should have something to make you want to turn the page. That's the challenge."

Jenna Bush has previously tried her hand as a writer, completing a yet-to-be published book last winter about her experiences working for UNICEF.

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soundoff (57 Responses)
  1. Sam, Dallas, Texas

    Correct me if I am wrong; Laura Bush was not a public school teacher, she was only a librarian for a very short time. Jenna taught for barely a year, right? Niether should "teahcer" on their resume, it's an insult to those who make the profession a career.

    August 9, 2007 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  2. Steven, CO

    Perhaps they are 'writing' a picture book so that hubby/daddy have something to look at.

    August 9, 2007 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  3. Martha, Boulder, CO

    The two should write in the book about how NOT to raise your kids. Raising them the way they did has led an incompetent president take this country into unnecessary turmoil.

    They should have a chapter on how their son GWB became a liar.Lied to the whole nation.

    August 9, 2007 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  4. Joan, Cincinnati, OH

    With George W. Bush as your father, I guess the book WOULD contain lots of pictures and few words!

    August 9, 2007 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  5. Dan, Austin, TX

    Was this idea inspired by a close family member?

    August 9, 2007 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  6. Larry Denver, CO

    Bush's daughter should be in Iraq not writting a book!!!! Her lying cowardly father should be forced to send both of his brats to Iraq until America pulls out or Attacks and destroys Israel so this wont happen again!!!!

    August 9, 2007 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  7. Dan, Atlanta, GA

    What does Laura Bush know about learning to read? I always assumed she was programmed.

    August 9, 2007 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  8. Mark, Sacramento, CA

    I can't wait to get my copy–I'm almost OUT OF TOILET PAPER!! hah-hah!

    August 9, 2007 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  9. Josh Maloney, Oakland, CA

    Hats off to Laura Bush and her daughter, Jenna. I think they are doing a fine part to increase awareness for children's literacy.

    August 9, 2007 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  10. Anonymous

    HAHAHA wow, what a plot.

    August 9, 2007 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  11. Jeff, Houston, Texas

    Hope they don't use any big words so dad can read it.

    August 9, 2007 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  12. John Jones

    A picture book with few words – sounds like they are writing it for the President to read!

    August 9, 2007 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  13. Linda - Albany, New York

    I think the First Lady and her daughter could be making better use of their time...such as putting together care packages for the soldiers her husband sent to war.

    August 9, 2007 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  14. John Jones, Butler, Pennsylvania

    A book with pictures and few words – sounds like they are writing it for the President!

    August 9, 2007 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  15. Phil, NY, NY

    "Laura Bush, along with daughter Jenna, are in the process of writing a children’s book about a child who does not like reading, USA TODAY reports."

    Is the childs name George?

    August 9, 2007 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  16. Lance, Monrovia, CA.

    I'm so glad to see they're finally talking to their own grade level.

    August 9, 2007 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  17. Dan Fishman

    Wow – 4 comments trying to make fun of Gee Dubs & his reading skills.... Original.

    August 9, 2007 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  18. Josie Schaefer Marietta GA

    Yes go ahead and fiddle while Rome burns. It seems a fitting pleasure for the first family, ranks right up there with clearing brush in Crawford while being briefed that the enemy is determined to strike the Homeland.

    August 9, 2007 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  19. Benny B.

    Gee... I wonder if this book will teach "children" the pronunciation of the word "nuclear".

    August 9, 2007 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  20. M, Washington, D.C.

    Heaven forbid the First Lady and her wife do anything good for the children of this country without liberals coming out of the wood-work to attack her husband. Also, I didn't realize writing books for children was a waste of time.

    August 9, 2007 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  21. Mike, Monument, Colorado

    I think it is commendable that Laura and daughter Jenna are jointly writing a children's book. Maybe it will encourage some children to read more. But, there seem to be critics who just can't leave politics out of it. Press on Laura and Jenna.

    August 9, 2007 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  22. Mark KC MO

    What is irony again?

    August 9, 2007 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  23. Eric Stepp, Portland, Oregon

    Although I am opposed to George or Laura Bush's politics, I do appreciate what the First Lady is trying to do. Anything to help get children to read, and to enjoy reading, gets a thumbs-up from me. As long as it's not political in nature.

    August 9, 2007 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  24. Jeff

    Laura can use the book to teach little girls how to be like her: non-offending and with no opinions of thier own.
    Jenna can use the book to explain how she is considered too wild for Argentina (former refuge of Nazi war criminals).

    August 9, 2007 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  25. Nikki, Honolulu, HI

    It is great that the Bush women are writing a book for children who don't like to read. Literacy is a huge problem in this country and this sounds like a book that is trying to encourage children to read who for some reason have reservations or problems with reading. Well done ladies.

    August 9, 2007 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
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