President Obama Pens Children’s Book: “OF THEE I SING: A Letter To My Daughters”


Obama children’s book “Of Thee I Sing” out Nov. 16

By HILLEL ITALIE-AP National Writer

Coming two weeks after Election Day, a book from President Barack Obama for some of the nation’s nonvoters: inspirational stories for children about American pioneers.

“Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters” is a tribute to 13 groundbreaking Americans, from the first president, George Washington, to baseball great Jackie Robinson to artist Georgia O’Keeffe. It will be released Nov. 16 by Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books, which will officially announce the new work Tuesday. Knopf declined to identify the other 10 subjects.


Obama’s book is illustrated by Loren Long, whose many credits include Watty Piper’s classic “The Little Engine That Could,” Randall de Seve’s “Toy Boat” and Madonna’s “Mr. Peabody’s Apples.” Long wrote and illustrated the children’s stories “Otis” and “Drummer Boy.” His cover design for “Of Thee I Sing” is a sunny impression of presidential daughters Sasha and Malia Obama walking their dog, Bo, along a grassy field.  Read on.

                                                             Illustrator Loren Long

                                                             Photo: Paul Schliesser

Q & A with Loren Long from April 20, 2009 Publishers Weekly

Looks like BO got in on the action too!  Can’t wait to get a copy of this book.  It’s being released two weeks after the election.

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9 Responses to President Obama Pens Children’s Book: “OF THEE I SING: A Letter To My Daughters”

  1. dannie22 says:

    I’ll buy one for my neices and nephew.

    • Ametia says:

      “Obama’s publisher says he’s not planning interviews or events for the book. His royalties are to go to a scholarship fund for children of soldiers killed or disabled.”

  2. Ametia says:

    Hat tip Vette:

    The First African American President of the United States doesn’t ask much of us. He is a proud black man who believes in buying his children and family things from his own money. He wasn’t fortunate like other POTUS’ to own a major league baseball team. So we can support our own during this holiday season by buying President Obama’s new book, “Of Thee I Sing” released today; $17.99.
    Obama shares dreams for his kids in book on 13 Americans –

  3. Ametia says:

    I’m heading to my Indie bookstore today and get my supply of the book for Christmas gifts!

  4. President Obama’s Children’s Book “Of Thee I Sing” Penned Before Presidency?

    President Obama’s new children’s book “Of Thee I Sing” was written for his daughters. The president, if nothing else, is a fabulous father that adores his little girls. The new book, according to a press release from Random House Publishers, will become available to the public on November 16, 2010.

    The President didn’t undertake this endeavor as a mean to pad his own pocket. On the contrary, he claims he will donate all proceeds to charity or a scholarship foundation.

  5. Ametia says:

    Obama children’s book already a hit

    By Hillel Italie, AP National Writer
    NEW YORK — President Barack Obama is still a hit with the nation’s book buyers.
    Obama’s tribute to 13 American ground breakers, Of Thee I Sing, was in the top 25 on and Barnes & as of Wednesday morning, less than two days after the children’s book was announced and two months before its scheduled release. Random House Children’s Books plans a first printing of 500,000 copies.

    Both of Obama’s previous works, the memoir Dreams From My Father and the policy book The Audacity of Hope, are million sellers.

    Copyright 2010 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

  6. Ametia says:

    It’s going to be a winner. Add this to the list of POTUS’ achievements. I’d say he’s doing pretty damn good, considering he’s a “nobody” **Cavuto** BWA HA HA

  7. Oh, I have to buy one for Haley!

  8. Ametia says:

    Obama to publish children’s book Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters introduces young readers to 13 ‘groundbreaking Americans’

    Alison Flood, Tuesday 14 September 2010 13.22 BST Article history
    He has conquered the world of adult books with his two bestselling titles Dreams From My Father and The Audacity of Hope. Now, Barack Obama is moving into writing for children with an introduction to some inspirational Americans.

    The US president’s picture book, Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters, is billed as a tribute to 13 “groundbreaking Americans and the ideals that have shaped [the] nation”. It will be on bookshelves from 16 November, according to an announcement today from its publisher.

    Wonderful! I’m so delighted about this book. I’m gonna make a run on it for my nieces an nephews, and future grandkids!

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