Former President George W. Bush takes center stage at literacy event

HOUSTON – Former First Lady Barbara Bush is calling in the big guns for her literacy foundation. Her son was part of an impressive lineup for an event held in Houston Thursday evening.

The 21st annual "A Celebration of Reading" event was held at the Hobby Center at 7 p.m. The event was spearheaded by Barbara Bush while she was first lady. Former President George W. Bush took the center stage at the event to talk about his father. He read an excerpt from his own book, "41, A Portrait of My Father." He said the excerpt reveals his father's consistency as a parent, as well as his unconditional love and humility.

George W. Bush sat down for a one-on-one interview with KPRC 2's Dominique Sachse. He talked about how critical reading is for society.

"Well first of all, in order to a job that pays well, you have to be able to read, and if you can't read you're not going to learn the other skills necessary to achieve. I happen to think reading is the new civil right," said Bush. "I think if a society does not do a good job of teaching people to read, it is like denying them their basic rights."

The former president also shared stories about what his mother would read to him as a child. As a grandfather he said he also has favorite stories to read to his granddaughter.