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Laura Bush is actively involved in issues of national and global concern, with an emphasis on education, health care, and human rights. As Honorary Ambassador for the UN Literacy Decade, she hosted the first-ever White House Conference on Global Literacy in 2006 to encourage international cooperation to build free societies through literacy. Passionate about reading, she joined with the Library of Congress in 2001 to launch the first National Book Festival in Washington, DC. As First Lady of Texas, Mrs. Bush founded the state-wide Texas Book Festival in 1995, which continues to this day. Mrs. Bush received her bachelor's degree from Southern Methodist University and master's degree in library science from the University of Texas at Austin. She taught in Dallas, Houston, and Austin public schools.

Jenna Bush is the daughter of President George W. Bush and Mrs. Laura Bush. After graduating from the University of Texas at Austin in 2004 with a degree in English, Jenna was an elementary school teacher in Washington, DC. Her first book, the New York Times bestselling Ana's Story: A Journey of Hope, is based on her work with UNICEF.

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Teachers often compare notes. What differences and similarities have you found as teachers who are a generation apart?

While Jenna was teaching, we often discussed her class and the teaching strategies she was using. Although times have changed and technology is a bigger influence in the classroom and new research has demonstrated more clearly the best practices to teach reading, the energy and enthusiasm of the students remain the same. Our favorite stories to tell are the hilarious things our students said and did, and of course, we love talking about the literature we taught that really inspired our students.

What advice do you have for a first-year teacher?

Hang in there! Teaching—especially the first year—is difficult but extremely rewarding. Keep a journal at night so you can remember all the funny things your students did and visualize their progress.

How did you encourage reluctant readers in your classrooms?

Listen to your students. Pay attention to their hobbies and interests. Recommend books and magazines you know they will like, based on their pastimes. Fill your classroom library with all genres of books. Read good literature to your students because, like Tyrone, everyone loves a good story.

Did any of your teachers ever encourage you to write books?

Jenna: I had a sixth grade teacher who encouraged me to write, gave me confidence to share my writing, and gave me a wonderful piece of advice: continue to read and study good literature; it's the best way to be a good writer.

What's the greatest joy you've received from teaching?

The most gratifying experience we had from teaching was witnessing our students become independent thinkers and book enthusiasts.

As mother and daughter, what's it like to write a book together?

Working with each other on Read All About It! was a terrific experience. How often do mothers and daughters get to work creatively together? We laughed constantly and had fun creating a book that we think will be fun to read aloud. We hope students and teachers will love it.