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Something, Someday showcases the incredible talents of poet/author Amanda Gorman and award-winning illustrator Christian Robinson in a hopeful, uplifting, and inspiring picture book. Written in the 2nd person point of view, Gorman’s words are intimate and immediate: “You are told / That this is not a problem. / But you’re sure / There’s something wrong.” The “something” is kept deliberately vague as Robinson’s illustration of a little boy cleans up trash and eventually plants a garden, bringing home the metaphor that “something” can be any cause you can think to champion. A heartening and motivational message of change for anyone ages 5-105.— From Cortney's Picks
The stunning new picture book by presidential inaugural poet Amanda Gorman and Caldecott Honor-winning illustrator Christian Robinson
You’re told that
This won’t work,
But how will you know
If you never try?
Presidential inaugural poet and #1 New York Times bestselling author Amanda Gorman and Caldecott Honor and Coretta Scott King Honor winner Christian Robinson have created a timeless message of hope.
Sometimes the world feels broken. And problems seem too big to fix. But somehow, we all have the power to make a difference. With a little faith, and maybe the help of a friend, together we can find beauty and create change.
With intimate and inspiring text and powerfully stunning illustrations, Something, Someday reveals how even the smallest gesture can have a lasting impact.
About the Author
Amanda Gorman is the youngest presidential inaugural poet in US history. She is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Hill We Climb, Call Us What We Carry, and her children’s picture book Change Sings, illustrated by Loren Long. Amanda is a committed advocate for the environment, racial equality, and gender justice. In a groundbreaking collaboration with the Estée Lauder Companies as a Global Changemaker, she established the “Writing Change” initiative to support grassroots organizations dedicated to advancing literacy as a pathway to social change. She graduated cum laude from Harvard University and now lives in her hometown of Los Angeles. Please visit her at TheAmandaGorman.com or on Instagram @AmandaSCGorman.
Christian Robinson received a Caldecott Honor and a Coretta Scott King Honor Award for his art in Last Stop on Market Street, written by Matt de la Peña. He is the author and illustrator of the picture books Another and You Matter, and he has illustrated many more, including Nina: A Story of Nina Simone by Traci N. Todd and The Bench by Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex. He lives in Oakland. Please visit him at TheArtOfFun.com or on Instagram @TheArtOfFun.
★ "Gorman immerses readers in the experience, assuring them that they are not alone in their longings for a better world." —Kirkus Reviews, starred review
★ "[A] soaring poem about change… Together, the creators chronicle a child trusting their inner voice and working out how to address what feels in need of care, while Robinson’s neighborhood scenes, portraying a community of varying abilities, ages, and skin tones, model collaboration as a means for metamorphosis." —Publishers Weekly, starred review
★ "The picture book’s second-person point of view invites the audience to feel as if they’re a part of the story and empowered to change something within their community. The use of collage perfectly communicates the idea of what once was trash being transformed anew… This picture book’s timely message about coming together to make a change is a perfect addition to all libraries." —School Library Journal, starred review
"Award-winning Robinson and lauded poet Gorman are a perfect match, and fans of both will be eager to read their collaboration." —Booklist
"The text is lyrical but accessible, and Gorman brings a compassionate commiseration and firm determination to her call to action." —BCCB
"Gorman urges readers to resist any suggestion that they should wink at societal problems and assume powerlessness." —The Horn Book