Obama writes children's book

Washington, Sep 14 (ANI): U.S. President Barack Obama has written a book for kids.

'Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters' pays 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.

Loren Long illustrates Obama's book. 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.

Random House children's president and publisher Chip Gibson lauded the new Obama book, which is intended for readers ages 3 and up.

"It is an honor to publish this extraordinary book, which is an inspiring marriage of words and images, history and story," ABC News quoted Gibson as saying in a statement.

"'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," Gibson added.

Obama's 40-page book will have a first printing of 500,000 copies and a list price of 17.99 dollars. Both of Obama's previous works, the memoir "Dreams From My Father" and the policy book "The Audacity of Hope," are million sellers published by Crown, a division of Random House Inc. (ANI)

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