Caroline Kennedy Talks About How Her Parents Shared Their Love of Reading
In an interview with Dotson Rader for Parade titled "Courage, Strength, and Dignity: A Conversation with Caroline Kennedy," Kennedy shares memories of her parents and discusses her new book Jacqueline Kennedy: Historic Conversations on Life with John F. Kennedy, to be published September 14. The book presents never-before-heard interviews with Jacqueline Kennedy following the death of President John F. Kennedy.
When asked if Jacqueline had encouraged Caroline and John to read, Caroline answers, "Yes. She made it fun, and she was always quoting things. When we’d play charades, everybody wanted Mummy on their team because she knew these quotes no one else knew. She would throw in Walter Raleigh, Yeats, and Bible verses, and she’d win every time! She mostly didn’t play, but when she did she was really a star."
Did your parents read to you as a child? "My mom did when I was younger. I don’t remember my father reading to me, but I remember him telling me bedtime stories. I got to pick what was in them, and then he’d make them up. ... They were adventure stories. I had two ponies in them—one was black with a white star and one was white with a black star, and they were called White Star and Black Star. I could pick who rode the other one. Mostly I picked my cousin Stevie. [Now a business executive, Stephen Kennedy Smith Jr. is the son of Jean Kennedy Smith, the sister of John F. Kennedy, and the late Stephen Smith.] "
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