Picture book featuring song quoted by Biden during inauguration planned
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A children's picture book based on a song that President BidenJoe BidenObama, Clinton reflect on Mondale's legacy Biden, Harris commend Mondale in paving the way for female VP Mondale in last message to staff: 'Joe in the White House certainly helps' MORE quoted at his January inauguration is set to be released later this year.

Penguin Young Readers announced on Thursday that the book named and based off the song “American Anthem” will be released on June 29, The Associated Press reports.

The song, popularized by Norah Jones, was written by composer Gene Scheer in 1998.


During his inaugural address on Jan. 20, Biden quoted Scheer's work, reciting:
"What shall be our legacy?
What will our children say?
... Let me know in my heart
When my days are through,
America America,
I gave my best to you.”

“I was taken by surprise, and incredibly moved, when President Biden cited my song ‘American Anthem’ at the conclusion of his inaugural speech,” Scheer said in a statement to the AP.

“When I sat down to write this song more than 20 years ago, I could hardly imagine where it would go. I can’t think of a better destination than in a book for children," he added. "When I think of this beautiful visual tapestry of the American story, created by a diverse team of talented artists, I am brought back to the original idea that inspired ‘American Anthem’ in the first place: We are all in this together.”

The book will feature illustration from 13 different artists, the AP reports, including Fahmida Azim, Matt Faulkner, Veronica Jamison and Christine Almeda.

After Biden's inauguration, Norah Jones sent a statement to Billboard saying she found it "deeply moving" to hear Biden recite the lyrics.

"'American Anthem’ is a beautiful and meaningful song that resonates with so many people. I was honored to be asked to sing the song, written by Gene Scheer, for Ken Burns’ documentary, 'The War,'" Jones said.