Jenna Bush Hager and Barbara Pierce Bush love to champion their sisterly bond. The twins have always had a very special relationship, and they hope to foster that kind of closeness in sisters and friends everywhere.
The two have come together to write a children’s book about sisterhood called Sisters First.
The children’s book is special to the sisters, who worked together on a memoir that was released in October 2017. The memoir, Sisters First: Stories From Our Wild and Wonderful Life, shares its title with the new book. The children’s book isn’t a direct retelling of Jenna and Barbara’s story for kids, however. The twins penned the tale of a young girl who wishes for a new sister and what happens when her wish comes true.
Jenna and Barbara wanted to work on a children’s book for a long time before this idea came to them. It was inspired by the sisters helping Jenna’s older daughter, Mila, get ready for the birth of her little sister, Poppy.
Jenna Bush Hager and Barbara Pierce Bush have always been close. The 37-year-old former first twins have kept their close bond going into adulthood despite taking on different careers and having their own families.
The two have just released their first children’s book, Sisters First. “Sisters First is a love story to each other,” the two told People ahead of the release of the book, which is inspired by their close bond.
Sisters First is about a young girl who makes a big wish for a little sister. While the older sister isn’t sure what to do when the baby first arrives, as they grow together, they become best friends and make each other better.
The book is described as a love letter to sisterhood. While Jenna and Barbara have long wanted to write a children’s book together, they weren’t clear on an idea until they found themselves helping Jenna’s oldest daughter, Mila, prepare for the birth of little sister Poppy.
Jenna and Barbara talked about the experience while appearing on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. The appearance came the same day Jenna returned to Today from maternity leave. “We told her all these fun stories that we used to do,” Barbara explained of the chat with her niece.
“And we got excited thinking about a children’s book about how having a sister has made us braver than we ever thought possible, and it’s made our lives so much bigger and better to have a partner to go through life with,” she continued.
Jenna likes to clarify that the book isn’t just about the sisters you’re given in your family, but the sisters you accumulate throughout life. “Being born a twin was the luckiest thing that ever happened to us and as we’ve grown older, our definition of ‘sisters’ has expanded to include friends and colleagues,” they explained to People.
Jenna and Barbara are currently on a book tour promoting Sisters First. It started in New York and will head to Connecticut, Massachusetts, and a number of stops in Texas before wrapping up on November 17 in Dallas.
“We’ve always felt lucky that we had each other to walk side-by-side as sisters through the extraordinary circumstances of our ordinary lives,” the sisters noted in another sit-down with People magazine in 2017.
During that time, Jenna and Barbara were promoting the other Sisters First, their memoir. The book is told by the sisters in alternating chapters and recalls their Texas upbringing and time in the White House.
Jenna and Barbara both believe in uplifting women. They feel that by sharing stories about women who uplift each other, they can change the way women are perceived in both their lives as individuals and their friendships.
“If women everywhere had this, felt this empowerment — whether it’s through a sibling or a friend or a colleague or whatever it is — maybe we’d be in a place where we felt better about the state of women in our country,” Jenna told Time.
Jenna is also the author of two other children’s books. She penned Read All About It! and Our Great Big Backyard with mother and former first lady Laura Bush. She’s also the editor at large for Southern Living.
Barbara is the CEO and co-founder of Global Health Corps, a nonprofit that offers a competitive fellowship to support emerging global health leaders. She recently married screenwriter Craig Coyne.