Barbara’s Pearls of Wisdom

”The American Dream is about equal opportunity for everyone who works hard. If we don't give everyone the ability to simply read and write, then we aren't giving everyone an equal chance to succeed.“

—Barbara Bush

A life of integrity ... a heart of compassion ... a fierce determination to change American lives for the better ... a strong commitment to literacy ... Thank you, Mrs. Bush.

Share Your Personal Tribute

Mrs. Bush’s legacy lives on in each one of us. Take a moment to write a tribute that will honor her memory, perhaps a personal story or a word about how she inspired you. Let’s remember and celebrate her life!

Make a Memorial Donation

Honor Mrs. Bush with a gift in her memory to the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy today. Together, we will continue the vital work she began and carry on her legacy of ensuring that every man, woman and child has the opportunity to secure a better life through literacy.

Barbara Bush’s Literacy Legacy

A beloved First Lady, proud mother of six children and accomplished author, Barbara Bush believed that every American should have the chance to learn to read and write.

She launched the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy in 1989, with the express purpose of providing access to educational opportunities for young children and their parents.

Today, millions of people across all 50 states have benefited from the Foundation’s family literacy programs. And in the years to come, we will honor her legacy by helping Americans of all ages improve their literacy skills—and their futures.