When Maria was here to help her father recently, I gave her some children’s books that might interest Julia and Rylan:
Here’s a brief synopsis of three of these books.
“Of Thee I Sing” was written by President Barack Obama and published in 2010:
It’s an interesting letter to his daughters, Malia and Sasha, regarding thirteen famous Americans, who shaped our nation: Americans such as Georgia O’Keefe, Jackie Robinson, Helen Keller, and George Washington. The book is illustrated by Loren Long.
President Obama’s sister, Maya Soetoro-Ng, wrote “Ladder to the Moon,” published in 2011:
It was inspired by the life and spirit of Barack’s and Maya’s mother, Ann Dunham. It’s a magical tale about grandma Annie reaching out to embrace her granddaughter, Suhaila, in a dream. The book is beautifully illustrated by Yuyi Morales.
“Symphony Jones” was written and illustrated by my cousin, Elaine Menendez, and published in 2015:
It began in 2003, when Elaine was in the hospital for her son’s third surgery. She found herself drawing pictures to distract herself, and these pictures became her book. She is indeed a wonderful artist and author.
There are so many books out there that will interest children around the world. Pity the children whose parents have never read to them. It’s a great tradition that David and I started with our daughters, Maria and Lisa. Maria is continuing this tradition with her own children.