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Five Children’s Books that Michelle Obama Adores

By January 17, 2017January 18th, 2018Reading Habits

When it comes to First Ladies you would be hard pressed to find one more loved and more accessible then the wife of the outgoing president Barack Obama. Rather than merely being the woman who just so happened to be married to the most powerful man on the planet, Michelle Obama stepped out of her husband’s shadow and became a much admired and adored woman in her own right and she rocked.

Always one to promote education and literacy Michelle has often commented on books that she loved either as a child or to read to her daughters and here we have shared five that have received several mentions.

Olivia by Ian Falconer

A gorgeous little pig who likes to dress-up, sing songs, dance, think, snooze (sometimes) and is even quite good at building sandcastles both Olivia and Michelle were a big hit when the First Lady read this delightful book on a visit to the University of South Carolina’s Children’s Center.


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Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin, Eric Carle

Whilst at a community health organization in Washington, D.C.Michelle demonstrated her love for this wonderfully animated book by rarely having to refer to the text and barking and miaowing along with the story.

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Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

The whole Obama family along with a group of youngsters enjoyed a treat at the White House Easter Egg Roll when Michelle and President Obama read the amazing tale of Max to them all. Apparently Michelle sees a lot of the protagonist of this story in her husband as Obama has said  “My wife still thinks that I’m Max…that I’m getting into mischief all the time.”

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Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst

Michelle used this book all about a really bad day as a lead into discussing how to deal with days that don’t go how we might want them to when talking to a group of 8- to 10-year-olds at a Washington, D.C. elementary school.

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The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss

Dr Seuss is everybody’s favourite children’s author so it’s no surprise that Michelle chose to read one of his books to a group of children when visiting military families in North Carolina.

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It has been a real pleasure watching Michelle taking the role of First Lady and making it into so much more than simply a supporting role for the president.

She has definitely set the bar for the next First Lady and not just in a literary sense, and I’m certain that this is not the last we will see of Michelle Obama First Lady, and top woman.

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