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Celebrate Poetry Month with Amanda Gorman’s Change Sings: A Children’s Anthem

6 Apr

Amanda Gorman, the youngest inaugural poet in U.S. history, released a children’s book titled Change Sings: A Children’s Anthem. The book was illustrated by Loren Long who is a New York Times #1 bestselling illustrator. The poems in the book along with the illustrations are magical. The illustrations in the book depict colorful and vibrant wall murals in New York City. “I wrote Change Sings as a children’s anthem to remind young readers that they have the power to shape the world, “said Gorman on her Facebook page and Instagram.

This lyrical picture book takes the reader through a musical journey of poems that empower positive change:

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

Readers can find Amanda Gorman’s books: Change Sings: A Children’s Anthem, Call Us What We Carry and The Hill We Climb at the Main Branch and Grand Street Branch. These books are also available from eLibraryNJ and eBCCLS.

Written By:
Vanetta Rivera
Library Assistant-Grand Street Branch

Comforting Children’s Books: The Year We Learned to Fly and Lost in the Clouds

23 Mar

The Year We Learned To Fly
By: Jacqueline Woodson
Illustrated by: Rafael Lopez

The author of The Year We Learned to Fly, Jacqueliene Woodson, shares with the reader that if you just close your eyes, your imagination can take you out of the darkest places. One of the illustrations in the book displays the generations before us who overcame their struggles by just using their imagination. This book is an excellent read for children who are struggling with a change in their environment, or even stuck in the house on a rainy day. This book lets the reader know that their imagination can be utilized any time they want to escape their reality. This book is available to borrow at our Main and Grand Street Branch. You can also read a previous blog about Woodson’s popular middle grade memoir in verse Brown Girl Dreaming.

Lost In the Clouds
By: Tom Tinn-Disbury

Lost in the Clouds is the perfect book to read to a child who is grieving or is dealing with a loved one passing away. The book is from the perspective of the child character in the book, Billy. The illustrations in the book show Billy talking to a cloud and developing a relationship with the cloud that he believes is now his mom. The book shares the daily emotions Billy and his dad are faced with while grieving the death of his mom. Toward the end of the book, Billy learns that whenever he is feeling sad, he always has the support of his loved ones including his dad. This book is now available at our Grand Street Branch.

Written By:
Vanetta Rivera
Library Assistant
Grand Street Branch

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