Join the literacy movement.

Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation aims to improve lives through the power of literacy. Learn more about how to increase awareness, mobilize volunteers, contribute research and innovation, and invest in community impact:

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calendar of events

View and RSVP to upcoming events located throughout the Greater Houston area, hosted by Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation.

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Ladies for literacy guild

Ladies for Literacy is a service-oriented guild comprised of more than 300 prominent and influential
women from across Houston. Committed to carrying forth Barbara Bush’s legacy in literacy, the dynamic group plays an integral role in the Foundation by making valuable connections, hosting an annual book drive to support local programs and families in need, and by hosting an annual sell-out Power of Literacy luncheon.

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young professionals group

Young Professionals Group (YPG) engages the next generation of Houston’s leaders in the literacy cause. Comprised of nearly 200 service-minded members, the group’s signature initiatives include small-group, reading mentorship programs, an annual Tacky Sweater Party through which they distribute more than 1,000 home libraries to preschool aged children, the annual Jungle Book Gala, and bi-monthly networking events.

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Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation works diligently to expand the capacity of school districts, libraries and community-based literacy service providers to serve people in need through volunteerism and service. is Houston’s go-to platform for volunteers to search volunteer opportunities, form volunteer teams, track and print transcripts of service hours, and much more. 


Power of Literacy Luncheon

Each year the Ladies for Literacy Guild hosts the Power of Literacy Luncheon, a heartfelt event that places a spotlight on Houston’s literacy crisis and the impact low literacy has on individuals, families and our community. The event features a notable keynote speaker with a call-to-action for philanthropic and nonprofit leaders to unite to break the cycle of low literacy. Proceeds support community-based literacy programs.


Jungle Book Gala

Young Professionals Group hosts the swanky, black-tie Jungle Book Gala, which benefits the Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation. The charitable event caters to the young and young-at-heart and features high-profile Honorary Chairs such as Dwight Howard, a previous Houston Rockets’ star, and Houston Texans’ Whitney Mercilus. The spirited evening also includes a silent auction, light dinner, dancing and live entertainment.


A Celebration of Reading

For the past 25 years, the Bush family has been recognizing the tremendous power of literacy at A Celebration of Reading, a unique event featuring national bestselling authors and notable entertainers who bring their talent to the stage of the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts. Former First Lady Barbara Bush designed the event to shine the light on her cause of literacy and demonstrate to everyone that reading is joyful and a foundational skill for living the American Dream.