Michelle Obama
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  • The Word Collector

    The Word Collector

    The Word Collector

    Peter H. Reynolds
    4.36 (4,036)

    Some people collect stamps. some people collect coins. some people collect art. and jerome? jerome collected words . . . in this extraordinary new tale from peter h. reynolds, jerome discovers the magic of the words all around him—short and sweet words, two-syllable treats, and multisyllable words that sound like little songs. words that connect, transform, and empower. from the creator of the dot and happy dreamer comes a celebration of finding your own words—and the impact you can have when you share them with the world.

    Michelle Obama

    This book is one of my favorites--it reminds me of what it was like to get lost in the magic of words as a little kid.

    May 14, 2020 — Source

  • A Promised Land

    A Promised Land

    A Promised Land

    Barack Obama
    Biography & Autobiography
    4.36 (155,531)

    A riveting, deeply personal account of history in the making, from the president who inspired us to believe in the power of democracy. in the stirring, highly anticipated first volume of his presidential memoirs, barack obama tells the story of his improbable odyssey from young man searching for his identity to leader of the free world, describing in strikingly personal detail both his political education and the landmark moments of the first term of his historic presidency—a time of dramatic transformation and turmoil.obama takes readers on a compelling journey from

    Michelle Obama

    And after seeing him pour his whole heart into this book, I know you will too.

    Sep 17, 2020 — Source

  • The Adventures of Pippi Longstocking

    The Adventures of Pippi Longstocking

    The Adventures of Pippi Longstocking

    Astrid Lindgren,Michael Chesworth
    4.28 (7,957)

    An enticing, newly illustrated collection of the enduringly popular pippi stories. since pippi longstocking was first published in 1950, the escapades of the incomparable pippi,the girl with upside-down braids and no parents to tell her what to do, have delighted boys and girls alike. now, for the first time, pippi longstocking, pippi goes on board, andpippi in the south seas are all together in one bumper volume, with new illustrations in full-color and black-and-white.the collection is an ideal introduction for anyone discovering pippi for the first time, while confirmed fans

    Michelle Obama

    [her favorite book as a child] I loved her strength not just her physical power, but the idea that she wouldnt allow her voice to be diminished by anyone.

    Dec 6, 2018 — Source

  • White Teeth

    White Teeth

    White Teeth

    Zadie Smith
    Fiction
    3.79 (139,695)

    At the center of this invigorating novel are two unlikely friends, archie jones and samad iqbal. hapless veterans of world war ii, archie and samad and their families become agents of england’s irrevocable transformation. a second marriage to clara bowden, a beautiful, albeit tooth-challenged, jamaican half his age, quite literally gives archie a second lease on life, and produces irie, a knowing child whose personality doesn’t quite match her name (jamaican for “no problem”). samad’s late-in-life arranged marriage (he had to wait for his bride to be born), produces twin

    Michelle Obama

    This book is in her nightstand.

    Dec 14, 2018 — Source

  • The Snowy Day

    The Snowy Day

    The Snowy Day

    Ezra Jack Keats
    Juvenile Fiction
    4.17 (110,225)

    No book has captured the magic and sense of possibility of the first snowfall better than the snowy day. universal in its appeal, the story has become a favorite of millions, as it reveals a child's wonder at a new world, and the hope of capturing and keeping that wonder forever.the adventures of a little boy in the city on a very snowy day."keats's sparse collage illustrations capture the wonder and beauty a snowy day can bring to a small child."—barnes & noble"ezra jack keats's classic the snowy day, winner

    Michelle Obama

    One of our [family's] favorites was “The Snowy Day,” by Ezra Jack Keats. It’s a simple story about the adventures of a boy on a snowy day.

    Dec 6, 2018 — Source

  • There's a Dragon in Your Book

    There's a Dragon in Your Book

    There's a Dragon in Your Book

    Greg Abbott,Tom Fletcher
    4.28 (1,243)

    Oh look, there's an egg in your book!but this isn't any old egg - there's a dragon in it . . . and pretty soon she has set your book on fire. oh no!tom fletcher and greg abbott have created a fantastically interactive sequel to their bestselling there's a monster in your book. children will love stroking, poking and flapping the book to make magic happen as they turn the pages. can they help little dragon find a way to stop the fire and fly off on her own adventure?

    Michelle Obama

    I like to flip through it from time to time because it always seems to give me an extra boost when I need it.

    Apr 27, 2020 — Source

  • The Cat in the Hat

    The Cat in the Hat

    The Cat in the Hat

    Dr. Seuss
    Juvenile Fiction
    4.16 (485,678)

    This all-new rhymed bilingual edition of the cat in the hat is the perfect introduction for spanish-speaking children to the wonderful world of dr. seuss. now in a larger size trim to accommodate the english and the spanish text, the new translation was written by puerto rican poet and children's book author georgina lázaro, and by teresa mlawer--one of the most respected figures in spanish publishing. this new rhymed translation retains the fun of the original text, so that both spanish-speakers and english-speakers can enjoy reading dr. seuss story in

    Michelle Obama

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  • Commonwealth

    Commonwealth

    Commonwealth

    Ann Patchett
    Fiction
    3.82 (156,614)

    The acclaimed, bestselling author—winner of the pen/faulkner award and the orange prize—tells the enthralling story of how an unexpected romantic encounter irrevocably changes two families’ lives.one sunday afternoon in southern california, bert cousins shows up at franny keating’s christening party uninvited. before evening falls, he has kissed franny’s mother, beverly—thus setting in motion the dissolution of their marriages and the joining of two families.spanning five decades, commonwealth explores how this chance encounter reverberates through the lives of the four parents and six children involved. spending summers together in virginia, the

    Michelle Obama

    This book is in her nightstand.

    Dec 14, 2018 — Source

  • The Story of Babar

    The Story of Babar

    The Story of Babar

    Jean de Brunhoff,Merle S. Haas
    4.07 (58,539)

    The first of the tales starring the most famous elephant in the literary world. in this classic that has delighted three generations of readers, babar escapes from the hunter who killed his mother and comes to town. here, with the help of an old friend, he will learn a lot of new things and one day, once returned to the great forest, he will be acclaimed king of the elephants! a story beautifully told accompanied by fascinating and hilarious illustrations! a must read for kids of any age!

    Michelle Obama

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  • An American Marriage

    An American Marriage

    An American Marriage

    Tayari Jones
    Fiction
    3.95 (310,987)

    Newlyweds celestial and roy are the embodiment of both the american dream and the new south. he is a young executive, and she is an artist on the brink of an exciting career. but as they settle into the routine of their life together, they are ripped apart by circumstances neither could have imagined. roy is arrested and sentenced to twelve years for a crime celestial knows he didn’t commit. though fiercely independent, celestial finds herself bereft and unmoored, taking comfort in andre, her childhood friend, and best man at

    Michelle Obama

    This book is in her nightstand.

    Dec 14, 2018 — Source

  • Conversations With Myself

    Conversations With Myself

    Conversations With Myself

    Nelson Mandela
    Apartheid
    3.89 (2,793)

    Nelson mandela is widely considered to be one of the most inspiring and iconic figures of our age. now, after a lifetime of taking pen to paper to record thoughts and events, hardships and victories, he has bestowed his entire extant personal papers, which offer an unprecedented insight into his remarkable life.a singular international publishing event, conversations with myself draws on mandela's personal archive of never-before-seen materials to offer unique access to the private world of an incomparable world leader. journals kept on the run during the anti-apartheid struggle of

    Michelle Obama

    This book is in her nightstand.

    Dec 14, 2018 — Source

  • Exit West

    Exit West

    Exit West

    Mohsin Hamid
    Fiction
    3.77 (119,676)

    In a country teetering on the brink of civil war, two young people meet—sensual, fiercely independent nadia and gentle, restrained saeed. they embark on a furtive love affair and are soon cloistered in a premature intimacy by the unrest roiling their city. when it explodes, turning familiar streets into a patchwork of checkpoints and bomb blasts, they begin to hear whispers about doors—doors that can whisk people far away, if perilously and for a price. as the violence escalates, nadia and saeed decide that they no longer have a choice.

    Michelle Obama

    This book is in her nightstand.

    Dec 14, 2018 — Source

  • Song of Solomon

    Song of Solomon

    Song of Solomon

    Toni Morrison
    Fiction
    4.11 (95,849)

    Milkman dead was born shortly after a neighborhood eccentric hurled himself off a rooftop in a vain attempt at flight. for the rest of his life he, too, will be trying to fly. with this brilliantly imagined novel, toni morrison transfigures the coming-of-age story as audaciously as saul bellow or gabriel garcía márquez. as she follows milkman from his rustbelt city to the place of his family’s origins, morrison introduces an entire cast of strivers and seeresses, liars and assassins, the inhabitants of a fully realized black world.

    Michelle Obama

    Reread three times.

    Dec 14, 2018 — Source

  • Life of Pi

    Life of Pi

    Life of Pi

    Yann Martel
    3.92 (1,459,741)

    Life of pi is a fantasy adventure novel by yann martel published in 2001. the protagonist, piscine molitor "pi" patel, a tamil boy from pondicherry, explores issues of spirituality and practicality from an early age. he survives 227 days after a shipwreck while stranded on a boat in the pacific ocean with a bengal tiger named richard parker.

    Michelle Obama

    I reread with the girls, too.

    Dec 14, 2018 — Source

  • The Grapes of Wrath

    The Grapes of Wrath

    The Grapes of Wrath

    John Steinbeck
    California
    3.98 (814,044)

    The pulitzer prize-winning epic of the great depression, a book that galvanized—and sometimes outraged—millions of readers.first published in 1939, steinbeck’s pulitzer prize-winning epic of the great depression chronicles the dust bowl migration of the 1930s and tells the story of one oklahoma farm family, the joads—driven from their homestead and forced to travel west to the promised land of california. out of their trials and their repeated collisions against the hard realities of an america divided into haves and have-nots evolves a drama that is intensely human yet majestic in

    Michelle Obama

    I reread with the girls, too.

    Dec 14, 2018 — Source

  • Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

    Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

    Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

    Judith Viorst
    Juvenile Fiction
    4.23 (178,630)

    The perennially popular tale of alexander's worst day is a storybook that belongs on every child's bookshelf.alexander knew it was going to be a terrible day when he woke up with gum in this hair.and it got worse...his best friend deserted him. there was no dessert in his lunch bag. and, on top of all that, there were lima beans for dinner and kissing on tv!this handsome new edition of judith viorst's classic picture book is sure to charm readers of all ages.

    Michelle Obama

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  • Goodnight Moon

    Goodnight Moon

    Goodnight Moon

    Clement Hurd,Margaret Wise Brown
    4.29 (336,955)

    In a great green room, tucked away in bed, is a little bunny. "goodnight room, goodnight moon." and to all the familiar things in the softly lit room -- to the picture of the three little bears sitting on chairs, to the clocks and his socks, to the mittens and the kittens, to everything one by one -- the little bunny says goodnight.in this classic of children's literature, beloved by generations of readers and listeners, the quiet poetry of the words and the gentle, lulling illustrations combine to make a

    Michelle Obama

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  • Where the Wild Things Are
    Michelle Obama

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  • Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?

    Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?

    Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?

    Bill Martin Jr.,Eric Carle
    4.23 (165,696)

    A big happy frog, a plump purple cat, a handsome blue horse, and a soft yellow duck--all parade across the pages of this delightful book. children will immediately respond to eric carle's flat, boldly colored collages. combined with bill martin's singsong text, they create unforgettable images of these endearing animals.

    Michelle Obama

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