Of Thee I Sing (book)

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Of Thee I Sing
AuthorBarack Obama
CountryUnited States
PublisherKnopf Books for Young Readers
Publication date
November 16, 2010
Media typePrint (Hardcover)
Preceded byThe Audacity of Hope 

Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters is a children's book by Barack Obama, with illustrations by Loren Long.[1] It is described by the publisher as "a moving tribute to thirteen groundbreaking Americans and the ideals that have shaped our nation."[2] The stories of thirteen Americans are told in the book: George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King, Neil Armstrong, Sitting Bull, Cesar Chavez, Billie Holiday, Maya Lin, Albert Einstein (who was born in Germany), Georgia O'Keeffe, Jackie Robinson, Helen Keller, and Jane Addams."[3]

The proceeds from the sale of the book will be donated to a scholarship fund for the children of fallen and disabled US service personnel.[4] Obama finished writing the book in 2008, after he was elected but before taking office.[5]


  1. ^ Kehe, Marjorie (September 14, 2010). "Obama adds a children's book to his publishing credentials". The Christian Science Monitor. Retrieved 2010-09-14.
  2. ^ "Of Thee I Sing by Barack Obama". Random House. Retrieved 2010-09-14.
  3. ^ Spillius, Alex (2010-11-16). "Barack Obama releases children's book Of Thee I Sing". The Daily Telegraph. London. Retrieved 2010-12-17.
  4. ^ Tapper, Jake (September 14, 2010). "New Children's Book Coming from President Obama". ABC News. Retrieved 2010-09-14.
  5. ^ NOVECK, JOCELYN (November 16, 2010). "Now he's really made it! Obama out with kids book". Associated Press. Retrieved 2010-11-17. Obama actually wrote Of Thee I Sing in 2008, after he was elected but before taking office