Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman Has a Children’s Book Coming Out This Year
January 22, 2021
Amanda Gorman, the first National Youth Poet Laureate, became a household name seemingly overnight—and for good reason. Earlier this week, the 22-year-old became the youngest inaugural poet in American history when she recited her poem, “The Hill We Climb,” at the inauguration of President Joe Biden.
Her powerful poem, inspired by the words of activists and leaders such as Martin Luther King Jr., Winston Churchill, Maya Angelou and many others, called out the realities of racism and division Americans must grapple with. Her words tasked each American to work towards a place of unity, so that we can work together to build a better, stronger country for our children and future generations to come.
In an interview with The New York Times Gorman said, “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.”
The poem has struck a chord with Americans everywhere and was quickly shared across the internet, with Gorman gaining 2 million Instagram followers overnight. But that’s not the only thing she gained, her upcoming three books also moved into the top three spots for best sellers on Amazon.
Of her three upcoming books, one is a children’s book titled Change Sings: A Children’s Anthem. The picture book focuses on the journey of a young girl who leads all the other characters on a musical journey, in which they discover the power they have to make changes—big or small—in their lives, communities and the world. The book’s message is clear: anything is possible when people join together and everyone has the ability to make a difference.
Gorman is quickly proving to be a wonderful role model for kids and adults alike. Her book Change Sings: A Children’s Anthem comes out on September 21, 2021, but is already available for preorder on Amazon.com.