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
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.