Obama Children's Book to be Released in November

Washington, Sep 15 (IANS) A children's book by US President Barack Obama titled "Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters", is scheduled to be released Nov 16, according to Random House publishers.

The illustrated book is "a moving tribute to 13 groundbreaking Americans and the ideals that have shaped our nation - from the artistry of Georgia O'Keeffe, to the courage of Jackie Robinson, to the patriotism of George Washington".

It "celebrates the characteristics that unite all Americans - the potential to pursue our dreams and forge our own paths", said Chip Gibson, head of Random House Children's Books.

The manuscript was completed before Obama took office in 2009, the publishers said.

Obama's 40-page book will have a first printing of 500,000 copies and a list price of $17.99. Proceeds from the book will be donated to a scholarship fund for children of fallen and disabled soldiers.

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

He is not the first president to write for young people. Jimmy Carter's "The Little Baby Snoogle-Fleejer" was published in 1995, more than a decade after he left office.

Theodore Roosevelt too collaborated with Henry Cabot Lodge on "Hero Tales from American History", released in 1895, before Roosevelt was president.



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