President Obama's picture book Of Thee I Sing was released a week ago. If you haven't yet had a chance to take a look, this trailer from Random House Children's Books is definitely worth two minutes of your time.
Loren Long's illustrations are gorgeous, and it's interesting to get a behind-the-scenes look at his creative process:
I love how the illustrations of the American heroes as children come together as a group as the pages turn. Robin Smith praises this artistic choice in a review for BookPage:
Loren Long’s tall and thin stylized illustrations are perfect for the images of the Obama children and the president and serve to add visual interest to the spare text. Especially memorable are the images of O’Keeffe painting an enormous flower, Maya Lin reflected in the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and the young Chavez addressing farm workers. On the opposite page are smaller images of Malia and Sasha, joined by images of the famous folk carrying the tools of their given work. The final spread is a joyful collection of all sorts of American children with young versions of the famous standing in the front row.
There's more information about Of Thee I Sing—and more on the best new children's books—in today's edition of Reading Corner. You can still sign up!
Also in BookPage: Read an illustrated Q&A with Long about 2008's Drummer Boy.