11/22/17 - Houston Chronicle

barbara bush houston literacy foundation
coordinates city's literacy efforts

After Harvey flooded schools and libraries across Houston, some of the hardest-hit libraries are filling their shelves again. The Curiosity Cruiser, a library on wheels, has taken to the streets of underserved Harris County neighborhoods. And local elementary kids have taken home backpacks full of books - ones they chose themselves - to start their own libraries at home. All of this has happened thanks to the work of the Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation, which coordinates resources and literacy efforts all over Houston to help solve some of the city's reading problems.

12/12/16 - Paper City Mag

Lineup for Beloved First Lady's Houston Celebration Gets Revealed -  and it's Star Studded

Supporters and friends of the foundation gathered for announcement of the authors for the April 20, 2017, “A Celebration of Reading” at Hobby Center. Foundation co-chair Neil Bush (his wife, Maria, is also co-chair) divulged that Sue Grafton, author of the alphabet mystery series, including X, Bill Browder, acclaimed businessman and author of Red Notice, and comedian Jim Gaffigan, author of Food: A Love Story, will share the spotlight. 

12/8/16 - CultureMap

Celebration of Reading party reveals big-time authors and major honor for Barbara Bush

In an evening filled with suspense and surprises, literacy champions joined former first lady Barbara Bush, Neil Bush and Maria Bush and other members of the Bush family for a special holiday party and the Celebration of Reading author reveal.

12/6/16 - KPRC

Central Library Plaza to be renamed for Barbara Bush 

The Central Library Plaza will be named Barbara Bush Literacy Plaza in honor of the former first lady, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said Tuesday. He also announced the kickoff of a fundraising campaign that hopes to raise $5.5 million. The money would be used to pay for the plaza’s renovation, according to a news release from the office of the mayor.

12/6/2016 - Houston Chronicle

Downtown library's plaza to be named for Barbara Bush

Houston's Central Library plaza will be named the Barbara Bush Literacy Plaza to recognize the former first lady's efforts to boost literacy, Mayor Sylvester Turner announced Tuesday.  The announcement kicks off a $5.5 million fundraising campaign to renovate the downtown plaza, which stretches between the main library and the historic Julia Ideson Building.

12/6/2016 - Houston Chronicle

Bestselling authors will headline 'A Celebration of Reading' 

Expect laughs and plenty of intrigue at 2017's "A Celebration of Reading." The annual fundraiser for the Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation isn't until April, but the organization revealed its featured authors Tuesday at a private party.

11/18/2016 - CultureMap

Former first lady Barbara Bush is honored by two organizations dear to her heart

At age 91-years-old, Barbara Bush isn't slowing down. The former first lady was recently honored at two events: The Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation's Ladies for Literacy Guild Tea with Mrs. Bush and Children at Risk's Annual Accolades luncheon.

11/15/2016 - Houston Chronicle

Sue and Lester Smith's in-home ballroom hosts Barbara Bush literacy tea

Big names turn out for former first lady Barbara Bush's Ladies for Literacy Guild event

It's a good thing philanthropists Sue and Lester Smith have a Texas-sized ballroom inside their home. Earlier this month, the fun-loving couple graciously hosted the Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation's Ladies for Literacy Guild Tea.


10/25/16 - CultureMap Houston

Glam young professionals dress up and party for a good cause at Jungle Book Gala

A young and fun black-tie crowd came out to aid the efforts of the Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation's Young Professionals Group (YPG). The former first lady's granddaughter Lizzie Andrews hosted the gala and enlisted her friends, family and foundation supporters to take part. More than 200 guests danced to the tunes of DJ JJ Essen and bid on silent auction items.

9/17/16 - Culture Map Houston

Ladies for Literacy Guild Cheerleads for National Literacy Month

The Ladies for Literacy Guild of the Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation held their inaugural "Power of Literacy" luncheon.
In celebration of National Literacy Month, the guild invited noted authority on early childhood education Patricia Kuhl, co-director of the Institute for Brain and Learning Sciences at the University of Washington, to share a bit of her wisdom.