Amanda Gorman made history on Jan. 20, 2021 as the youngest poet laureate ever to recite the inaugural poem. Composed, passionate and just 22 years-old, her words were heard by people across America and across the world. Coming this fall, Ms. Gorman has two new books with Penguin Random House/Viking Books for Young Readers. Read on for the scoop.
Book 1: Change Sings: A Children’s Anthem
This picture book, geared toward ages 4-8, is a lyrical book, richly illustrated by Loren Long a NY Times bestselling illustrator. Picture a cast of characters led by a young, singing girl, to create change in their communities and the world, all designed to remind young kids that they have the power to make change and achieve anything.
Available for pre-order here, $16.95 (Hardcover)
Out in Sept. 21, 2021
Book 2: The Hill We Climb
This collection of new poems from LA’s poet laureate, including the inaugural poem “The Hill We Climb” which she recited at the swearing in of President Biden and Vice President Harris. Believe it or not, this is Gorman’s first collection of published works. Geared toward ages 14 and up.
Preorder it here, $19.95 (Hardcover)
Out Sep. 21, 2021
Book 3: The Hill We Climb: An Inaugural Poem for the Country
This special edition book featuring the single poem, “The Hill We Climb” in its entirety. Geared toward ages 14 and up (Makes a great teacher gift!)
Preorder it here, $15.99 (Hardcover)
Available Apr. 27, 2021
photo: Shawn Miller via Wikimedia Commons
About Amanda Gorman
Most of us know her now as the inaugural Poet Laureate of the United States, who was invited to read a poem at the inauguration of the 46th president. She is actually the first person ever to be named National Youth Poet Laureate. She graduated from Harvard and now lives in LA where she is an activist and educator. Learn more about her at theamandagorman.com