President Obama the president everyone loves to hate will be adding another book along with his two bestselling titles Dreams From My Father and The Audacity of Hope. It will be on bookshelves from 16 November, according to an announcement today from its publisher.
The cover for Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters. Photograph: AP
From the “patriotism” of America’s first president George Washington to the “artistry” of Georgia O’Keeffe and the “courage” of baseball player Jackie Robinson, the 40-page book is “an inspiring marriage of words and images, history and story”, said Chip Gibson, president and publisher of Random House Children Books, whose imprint Alfred A Knopf Books for Young Readers will release the title later this autumn.
Illustrated by Loren Long, who has previously provided the artwork for bestselling books including The Little Engine That Could, the picture book’s cover shows Presidnent Obama’s daughters Sasha and Malia walking their dog, Bo, through a sunny, grassy field. Of Thee I Sing will have a first print run of half-a-million copies, and all author proceeds will be donated to “a scholarship fund for the children of fallen and disabled soldiers”, according to Random House.
“It is an honor to publish this extraordinary book,” said Gibson. “Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters celebrates the characteristics that unite all Americans – the potential to pursue our dreams and forge our own paths.”
President Obama completed Of Thee I Sing before taking office in January last year, said Random House, which also acquired the book from his lawyer, Robert Barnett – the man who negotiated a multi-million book deal for Tony Blair’s recently released memoirs – before he became president.
As well as finding the time to publish a children’s book, President Obama is also contributing a foreword to Nelson Mandela’s private diaries, Conversations with Myself, which are due out in October.
- Obama children’s book to be released in November (cnn.com)
- Obama Children’s Book ‘Of Thee I Sing’ Out Nov. 16 (nytimes.com)