Michelle Obama has always loved to read. And it’s a passion that she has shared with her daughters, especially when they were younger. On TODAY‘s “Open Book with Jenna Bush Hager” video series, the former First Lady revealed some of her favorite children’s books.
“We’re a household of book readers,” Michelle laughed, when Jenna asked what books she and former President Barack Obama used to read to daughters Malia, now 20, and Sasha, 17.
Noting that there were “so many,” Michelle shared that some of the girls’ top picks were “any Dr. Seuss book” and Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown.
Along with the popular titles, the 55-year-old mom of two previously told the New York Times that she tried to pick books for “the little Obama family book club” that were representative of different races and cultures, too, like The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats.
She explained, “When I was young, there were so few prominent characters who looked like me… So once I had kids of my own, I liked to find stories with characters who looked like my girls — but at the same time the stories didn’t have to be centered on race.”
And if it were up to her husband, Michelle said former President Barack Obama loves Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are, which the duo used to read during the Egg Roll event at the White House each spring.
As for Michelle’s personal favorite from when she was a child? Pippi Longstocking, she told Jenna. “I was really fascinated with this strong little girl that was the center of everything, and she was almost magical in a way. She was stronger and tougher than anyone. She had super-human strength, and I got a kick out of her.”