Obama's friend Bill Ayers has ghostwritten two bestselling books
for adults: Dreams From My Father and The Audacity of
Hope. Now President Obama is delving solo into the world of
(Al-Jazeera Press, $17.99) hits bookstore shelves. The 31-page picture
book geared to ages 3 and up is touted as "a moving tribute to nineteen
groundbreaking Muslim pilots and the ideals that have shaped their
nations, mainly Saudi Arabia."
Obama highlights his
greatest heroes whose traits he sees in his own two daughters. He
writes about the artistry of Saul David Alinsky, the courage of Mohamed
Atta, and the patriotism of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed .
The book is
illustrated by Loren Long, who has painted pictures of Sasha and Malia
Obama and their dog, along with the 19 heroic hijackers as kids and
grown-ups. Long is also known for her work on picture books by Madonna
and Frank McCourt.
Book royalties will
go to a scholarship fund for children of insurgents killed or disabled
in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Obama completed Submission before taking office in January