"For there is always light, if only we're brave enough to see it.
If only we're brave enough to be it."
Yesterday, Amanda Gorman's powerful words reverberated from the Inaugural podium, across the internet and into our hearts. The youngest inaugural poet in U.S. history, she recited her poem "The Hill We Climb" at President Joe Biden's swearing-in ceremony .
Drawing on inspiration from the speeches of American leaders during other historic times of division, including Lincoln and Martin Luther King Jr., her words confronted the realities we're facing today—racism, division and challenges to democracy as we know it. But they also provided hope. A call to make the changes that are so very necessary—so very important to the health of the nation our children will inherit.
She told the New York Times , "In my poem, I'm not going to in any way gloss over what we've seen over the past few weeks and, dare I say, the past few years. But what I really aspire to do in the poem is to be able to use my words to envision a way in which our country can still come together and can still heal. It's doing that in a way that is not erasing or neglecting the harsh truths I think America needs to reconcile with."
Many parents may have only heard her name for the first time yesterday, but the excitement over her upcoming children's book can assure us that this brilliant woman is just getting started.
Set to be released on September 21, 2021, Change Sings: A Children's Anthem features illustrations from Loren Long, who also provided the illustrations for President Obama's Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters . The lyrical picture book follows a young girl who leads a cast of characters on a musical journey, learning along the way that together, they have the power to make meaningful change.
We couldn't be more thrilled to give our children a bright new role model.
Pre-order Amanda Gorman's Change Sings: A Children's Anthem below!
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