The Best of Barack’s Bookish Presidency

There are a million things we’ll miss with Barack Obama leaving office in January. Though it might seem like a small thing in the grand scheme of things, one of the most powerful images we’ll be missing is Barack — and at times the dynamic Barack and Michelle duo — reading books to children.

Here’s a round-up of some of the best moments of Barack reading to kids. Of course, a round-up like this also features some excellent Team Obama reading. These images not only capture the spirit of this family’s time in the White House, but it also captures the passion and dedication both Barack and Michelle have for education, literacy, and the betterment of young lives.

Credit has been given to the best of my ability.


Barack and Michelle team read Chicka Chicka Boom Boom at the White House Easter Egg Roll in April 2011.



Barack revisited his reading of the classic children’s book in 2013 in this video.




The Obamas do their best wild thing impressions while reading Where The Wild Things Are for the 2016 Easter Egg roll at the White House.


WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 30: Daphnye Shell (L) of Peggs, Oklahoma, shares her song book with U.S. President Barack Obama (R) during a campfire songs session at the first-ever White House Campout June 30, 2015 at South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC. The first lady hosted the event, as part of her Let's Move! Outside initiative, for Girl Scouts to participate in activities to earn their Camper Badge, and to celebrate the release of the new Girls' Choice Outdoor badges. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

In June 2015, Barack takes time to listen to young Daphnye Shell share her songbook, Brave New Girls.



A lucky group of second graders in Virginia got to listen to the President read from his own book, Of Thee I Sing, in 2010.




Barack gives a rousing rendition of Green Eggs and Ham, with a cameo of daughter Malia.


Michelle Obama reads to children at the ODU Child Study Center Wendesday. Obama, wife of Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama, was in town to attend roundtable discussion about the needs of military families. (AP Photo/The Daily Press, Rob Ostermaier) Original Filename: Michelle_Obama_VANEW101.jpg

Michelle reads to a group of children at Old Dominion’s Child Study Center from Olivia with such joy on her face.



At the Children’s National Health System, Michelle, along with Bo (!) read Twas the Night Before Christmas. The young boy beside her is a patient who got to be up close and personal with the First Lady last December.



A group of elementary school children in DC got to enjoy Barack’s reading of The Polar Express in December 2009.

And to wrap up this post….let’s enjoy a special story time from Reading Rainbow with Vice President Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden, author of Don’t Forget, God Bless Our Troops




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