First Family's favorite children's books
Check out the First Family's recommended reading list for children:
First Lady Linda Daugaard —
Secret of the Old Clock by Carolyn Keene
One of the popular staples in the Nancy Drew mystery series, this book, a long-time favorite of children in the middle grades, centers around a young woman with a knack for helping others and solving crimes that often leave even the professionals baffled and bewildered. Even though it was written more than 70 years ago, this classic is still a great read for any intelligent, compassionate and inquisitive young woman.
Gov. Dennis Daugaard —
The Little Engine that Could by Watty Piper
A very fitting choice for the governor of South Dakota, or any elected official living a life of public service, this book contains a story that has long been used to teach children the value of optimism and hard work. In the story, a little engine must pull a long train over a mountain, and while others give up, the little train keeps going, adhering to the motto: "I think I can…"
Laura (Daugaard) Mitchell —
The Best Word Book Ever by Richard Scarry
Written in 1963, this quickly became a best-selling children's book and is still used to build vocabulary and basic comprehension skills. It contains more than 1,400 labeled pictures and sold more than 7 million copies in less than 12 years.
Sara (Daugaard) Venhuizen —
The Foot Book by Dr. Seuss
This book teaches children about opposites in a way that only Dr. Seuss could. Famous for his style of rhyming, poetic and almost lyrical texts, this book is likely to be engrained in a child's memory for years to come. The book also teaches a valuable lesson about judging people based on appearances.
Chris Daugaard —
Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
This book, which was recently made into a successful full-length feature film, taps into a child's imagination and encourages children to believe in themselves and hold tight to their dreams.
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First Family Favorites:
First Lady Linda Daugaard
Secret of the Old Clock
by Carolyn Keene
Gov. Dennis Daugaard
The Little Engine that Could
by Watty Piper
Laura (Daugaard) Mitchell
The Best Word Book Ever
by Richard Scarry
Sara (Daugaard) Venhuizen
The Foot Book
by Dr. Seuss
Where the Wild Things Are
by Maurice Sendak