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Change Sings

Written by Amanda Gorman

Illustrated by Loren Long

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An inspirational anthem of empowerment for all children from the presidential inaugural poet

A Children's Anthem

After the triumph of her performance at the inauguration, this first picture book from poet Amanda Gorman has been hotly anticipated and it certainly does not disappoint! The combination of the lyrical writing with the luminous illustrations from the acclaimed Loren Long, is a marriage made in heaven.

From the first page, where we meet the young girl with her guitar, centre stage on a white page and she announces “I can hear change humming/ In its loudest, proudest song./ I don’t fear change coming,/ And so I sing along,” we are swept along by her gentle, quiet confidence. The second spread is a glorious technicolour image of an inspiring community mural of Martin Luther King and we see her meet a light skinned boy carrying a tuba. She offers him a rubbish bag and together they begin to clear litter from the park. As page follows page they continue to reach out to others, “though it might take some courage” and to model little acts of kindness: feeding the destitute, delivering groceries to an elderly person, constructing a ramp for a disabled child and all the time building the song, gathering instruments and changing their community for the better; building towards a glorious symbolic mural of their own. We end as we began with our narrator on a white page, this time looking directly at us with an invitation to carry the song onwards and leaving the reader with a belief in collective action for positive change. Powerful words and images that repay multiple visits and leave an indelible impression.

A must have addition to school collections and children's bookcases.

Joy Court

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A Piece of Passion from Francesca Dow, Managing Director at Penguin Random House Children’s UK says:  ‘At Puffin, we believe in the power of stories to change lives. Through her electrifying inauguration performance, Amanda Gorman demonstrated how words can unite us, showing the world that every child, big or small, can make a difference. Now we have the chance to connect Amanda’s poetic picture-book magic with families and children across the globe. In publishing Change Sings we celebrate the power of words to change the world, inspiring the next generation of readers with hope for a better future.

“I can hear change humming

In its loudest, proudest song.

I don’t fear change coming,

And so I sing along.”

We are proud, with this book, to encourage children and families and teachers and care-givers

everywhere to join in the singing.’

Change Sings Synopsis

A lyrical picture book debut from presidential inaugural poet Amanda Gorman and No.1 New York Times bestselling illustrator Loren Long.

I can hear change humming In its loudest, proudest song. I don't fear change coming, And so I sing along.

In this stirring, much-anticipated picture book by presidential inaugural poet and activist Amanda Gorman, anything is possible when our voices join together. As a young girl leads a cast of characters 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 most importantly, in themselves. 

With lyrical text and rhythmic illustrations that build to a dazzling crescendo by No.1 New York Times bestselling illustrator Loren Long, Change Sings is a triumphant call to action for everyone to use their abilities to make a difference.

Change Sings Press Reviews

'I was profoundly moved... The power of your words blew me away'  Michelle Obama, Time

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ISBN: 9780241535837
Publication date: 21/09/2021
Publisher: Puffin an imprint of Penguin Random House Children's UK
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780241535837
Publication date: 21st September 2021
Author: Amanda Gorman
Illustrator: Loren Long
Publisher: Puffin an imprint of Penguin Random House Children's UK
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 32 pages
Suitable for: 5+ readers, 7+ readers, 9+ readers
Genres: Family / Home Stories
Collections: 40 Children's Books Celebrating Black History & Culture,

About Amanda Gorman

Amanda Gorman (Author) Amanda Gorman 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 and Essence. In 2017, Amanda Gorman was appointed the first-ever National Youth Poet Laureate by Urban Word - a program that supports Youth Poets Laureate in more than 60 cities, regions and states nationally. After graduating cum laude from Harvard University, she now lives in her hometown of Los Angeles. Gorman's ...

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