In this stirring picture book by presidential inaugural poet and activist Amanda Gorman, anything is possible when our voices join together. As a young girl leads readers on a musical journey, they learn that they have the power to make changes—big or small—in the world, in their communities, and in themselves.
is the youngest presidential inaugural poet in US history. She is a committed advocate for the environment, racial equality, and gender justice. Amanda’s activism and poetry have been featured on The Today Show,
PBS Kids, and CBS This Morning,
and in the New York Times, Vogue, Essence,
and O, The Oprah
Magazine. In 2017, Urban Word named her the first-ever National Youth Poet Laureate of the United States. After graduating cum laude from Harvard University, she now lives in her hometown of Los Angeles. The special edition of her inaugural poem, “The Hill We Climb,” was published in March 2021 and debuted at #1 on the New York Times, USA Today,
and Wall Street Journal
bestseller lists. Her debut picture book, Change Sings,
will be published in September 2021. Please visit theamandagorman.com
. Loren Long
is the author and illustrator of the New York Times
bestselling Otis series which is in development as an animated television series. He's also the illustrator of the #1 New York Times
bestsellers Of Thee I Sing
by Barack Obama and Love
by Matt de la Pena. He recently illustrated a modern edition of the Clement C. Moore classic The Night Before Christmas
. He lives near Cincinnati with his wife and rescue hound, Charlie. Visit him online at LorenLong.com or on Twitter @lorenlong.
★ “In rich language and vivid art, this hopeful celebration of the life-affirming power of change to ripple out into a better future is irresistible. Text and poetry work together to regulate a careful reading of this beautiful work.
One to keep, to read, and to reread.”—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
★ “This uplifting serenade will instill readers of any age with hope for the future and the initiative to improve it.” —Publishers Weekly
, (starred review)
“A lovely and loving call to action and kindness.” —Booklist
“So rich are both the art and the verses in uplifting imagery that it’s hard to imagine any young audience remaining unstirred by this call to be the change they want to see.” –School Library Journal
“This inspiring call to action unambiguously suggests that every individual, regardless of age, can contribute to making the world a better place.” –The Horn Book