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While we try to avoid politics and polarizing discussions in this blog, whatever your political persuasion, you will have to admit that as an avid reader President Barack Obama is a reading role model to daughters Sasha and Malia (and to the rest of the populace, as well).

In the photo above (from November 2011), Obama and his daughters visited  Kramerbooks & Afterwards Café, an independent bookstore in Washington, D.C., and picked up a stack of reading material. According to an article at examiner.com, the Obamas’ purchases included:

THE BRIEF AND WONDROUS LIFE OF OSCAR WAO by Junot Diaz

THE PHANTOM TOLLBOOTH by Norton Juster

DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: CABIN FEVER by Jeff Kinney

THE TIGER’S WIFE by Tea Obreht

THE INVENTION OF HUGO CABRET by Brian Selnick

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The last title — THE INVENTION OF HUGO CABRET, source material for the movie HUGO (2011) — is the volume in the middle of the book sandwich Malia Obama holds in the photo above. Happy reading!