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I was watching the Today show this morning and Teach For America, The New Teacher Project, and charter schools got huge plugs from First Lady Laura Bush and her daughter Jenna.

The pair were on the show promoting the new children's book they co-authored entitled Read All About It!

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The book is about a second-grader, Tyrone Brown, who does not think its cool to read. Laura Bush said the character is based on a composite of students she taught during her days as a school teacher in Houston.

A portion of the money from the book will be donated to Teach For America and The New Teacher Project.

The two spoke about: the importance of literacy especially among males; the good things that TFA and TNTP are doing for American schools; and the fact that the president enjoyed reading to the two Bush twins growing up. (Who knew?)

It turns out that Jenna is quiet the scribe. She already penned last year's non-fiction Ana's Story, which is about a teenage mother living in Panama with HIV. (Baltimore's newest resident keeps surprising me day by day!)

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