Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers to Simultaneously Publish Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton Picture Book Biographies in September 2008

May 27, 2008, 01:00 ET from Simon & Schuster

    NEW YORK, May 27 /PRNewswire/ -- On September 2, 2008, Simon & Schuster
 Books for Young Readers will simultaneously publish inspirational picture
 book biographies of Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton. The
 exceptional accomplishments of these larger-than-life politicians will be
 highlighted in their individual illustrated biographies: Barack Obama: Son
 of Promise, Child of Hope by Nikki Grimes, illustrated by Bryan Collier and
 Hillary Rodham Clinton: Dreams Taking Flight by Kathleen Krull, illustrated
 by Amy June Bates. As the November 2008 election heats up, these books will
 show children how Obama and Clinton overcame considerable challenges to
 become the important public figures they are today. Barack Obama: Son of
 Promise, Child of Hope and Hillary Rodham Clinton: Dreams Taking Flight
 were acquired for Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers by editor
 Alexandra Cooper. The deals were made by agents Elizabeth Harding at Curtis
 Brown Ltd./Marcia Wernick at Sheldon Fogelman, Inc. and Susan Cohen at
 Writers House/Justin Rucker at Shannon Associates, respectively.
     "Regardless of the outcome of this year's election, Barack Obama and
 Hillary Rodham Clinton are remarkable historical figures walking among us
 who have already stirred the hearts of millions throughout the world. The
 incredible level of talent involved in these books ensured that they would
 be more than simple biographies. They embody and celebrate the inspiration
 Barack and Hillary will provide for generations," says Vice President,
 Publisher of Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, Justin Chanda.
     NIKKI GRIMES, author of Barack Obama: Son of Promise, Child of Hope, is
 the recipient of the 2006 NCTE Award for Excellence in Poetry for Children.
 Her distinguished works include Jazmin's Notebook, Dark Sons, and The Road
 to Paris, all Coretta Scott King Author Honor Books. She won the Coretta
 Scott King Author Award for Bronx Masquerade.
     Illustrator BRYAN COLLIER is the author and illustrator of the Coretta
 Scott King award-winning book Uptown. He received Caldecott Honors for
 Martin's Big Words by Doreen Rappaport, which was also a Coretta Scott King
 Illustrator Honor book; and Rosa by Nikki Giovanni, which received the
 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award.
     KATHLEEN KRULL, author of Hillary Rodham Clinton: Dreams Taking Flight,
 is no stranger to biographies of powerful women. She has written a number
 of books, including Lives of Extraordinary Women and A Woman for President:
 The Story of Victoria Woodhull.
     Illustrator AMY JUNE BATES graduated from Brigham Young University with
 a degree in illustration. She has illustrated several picture books
 including Speak To Me: And I Will Listen Between the Lines by Karen English
 and Pumpkin Cat by Ann Turner.
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 book publishers in the world, is comprised of the following imprints:
 Aladdin Paperbacks, Atheneum Books for Young Readers, Libros para ninos,
 Little Simon(R), Little Simon Inspirations(TM), Margaret K. McElderry
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 Scribbles, and Simon Spotlight(R). While maintaining an extensive
 award-winning backlist, the division continues to publish acclaimed and
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