Obama pens children's book
Sep 14, 2010, 16:04 GMT
New York - He may have the weight of the world on his shoulders but Barack Obama still has time to jot down a few musings for the younger citizens of the planet.
The US President will release an illustrated children's book called Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters, on November 16, publisher Random House announced Tuesday.
The 40-page book comprises a tribute to thirteen inspiring US figures, from painter Georgia O'Keefe to baseball player Jackie Robinson, that have shaped American culture.
It will be illustrated by award-winning artist Loren Long (The Little Engine That Could), with an initial print run of 500,000 copies. Coming out in the holiday season, the booklet could quickly make its way up the bestseller lists.
'It is an honour to publish this extraordinary book, which is an inspiring marriage of words and images, history and story,' said Random House president Chip Gibson.
'Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters celebrates the characteristics that unite all American's potential to pursue our dreams and forge our own paths.'
According to Random House, the book was acquired and the manuscript completed before Obama took office in January 2009. All proceeds from the sale of the book will go to a scholarship fund for the children of fallen and disabled soldiers.
Obama signed a three-book deal worth 1.9 million dollars with Random House in 2004. The book is Obama's third, following the success of his international bestselling memoirs Dreams from My Father and The Audacity of Hope.