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Change Sings: A Children's Anthem

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For about a dozen years after getting out of school, I did illustrations for greeting cards, theater posters and magazines. We choose to make the change that ‘ grows like seeds’ within our community and then, our planet too. Walt Whitman’s WHEN I HEARD THE LEARN'D ASTRONOMER was a Golden Kite Honor Book and also won the 2004 Parents’ Choice Gold Award. The first time I heard about Amanda Gorman, and indeed this is when she rose to fame, was when she recited her poem The Hill We Climb at the Inauguration ceremony for US President Joe Biden in 2021.

There was just the right amount of choice to suit everyone without being overwhelming and I received comments from parents and staff about the quality of books offered compared to previous sales which have always been based around current crazes and well known celebrity authors. Most people probably know her from her performance of The Hill We Climb during the 2021 presidential inauguration. The _ga cookie, installed by Google Analytics, calculates visitor, session and campaign data and also keeps track of site usage for the site's analytics report. You guys are such a force for good and I am a passionate supporter of Indie booksellers, so I'm so happy this worked out well (I'd love to know how many books were sold if you have it to hand - it felt like quite a lot!Written in lyrical prose by Presidential inaugural poet Amanda Gorman, Change Sings is a great way to introduce little readers to the poetry of words. Celebrating unity and hope, this delightful picture book from poet and activist Amanda Gorman is a joyous anthem to the importance of working together for a better world. Honestly, I can read this book over and over (and listen to Gorman read it over and over) and not get sick of it.

I like how the text is *about* making change, but the pictures are *of* making change -- small acts of service enacted. What’s more, Loren Long’s pictures are glorious, with their changes in perspective, cinematic colour, considered characterisations. He pursued graduate-level studies at the American Academy of Art in Chicago after graduating with a BA in Graphic Design/Art Studio from the University of Kentucky. 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. Hotjar sets this cookie to know whether a user is included in the data sampling defined by the site's daily session limit.Packed with incredible illustrations, rhythmic text and an empowering and joyful message, young (and older) readers will adore Change Sings. I think it is a lovely, beautiful book, and I think that you could read it with a 4 year old – and you know your child and what they would enjoy reading with you far better than I or any reviewer could do. I am a huge fan of Gorman, not just because of her poetry, but because of the message that she sends to the world. When we sing together our voice becomes stronger; so strong that eventually even those who do not want to hear will have to listen.

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