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A lyrical picture book debut from inaugural National Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman and #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 inaugural Youth Poet Laureate and activist Amanda Gorman, anything is possib A lyrical picture book debut from inaugural National Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman and #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 inaugural Youth Poet Laureate 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 #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.


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A lyrical picture book debut from inaugural National Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman and #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 inaugural Youth Poet Laureate and activist Amanda Gorman, anything is possib A lyrical picture book debut from inaugural National Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman and #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 inaugural Youth Poet Laureate 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 #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.

30 review for Change Sings: A Children's Anthem

  1. 4 out of 5

    melhara

    September 23, 2021 Update: I can hear change humming In its loudest, proudest, song. I don't fear change coming, And so I sing along. Poetry is best read aloud, especially if the work is written by Amanda Gorman. Seeing as this is a picture book though, I decided to listen to the audiobook while reading along (which I highly recommend doing)! This was a fairly short picture book and audiobook (only 4 minutes long) but it was still packed with lyrical verses and gorgeous illustrations. This is a September 23, 2021 Update: I can hear change humming In its loudest, proudest, song. I don't fear change coming, And so I sing along. Poetry is best read aloud, especially if the work is written by Amanda Gorman. Seeing as this is a picture book though, I decided to listen to the audiobook while reading along (which I highly recommend doing)! This was a fairly short picture book and audiobook (only 4 minutes long) but it was still packed with lyrical verses and gorgeous illustrations. This is a poem about change (obviously) that uses music as a metaphor with accompanying artwork illustrating the many ways change can happen (ex. picking up garbage, helping others, etc.). One of my favourite lines from this poem is: I hum with a hundred hearts, Each of us lifting a hand. I use my strengths and my smarts, Take a knee to make a stand. Honestly, I can read this book over and over (and listen to Gorman read it over and over) and not get sick of it. Also, can someone please turn this into a song? September 21, 2021 Update: Happy publishing day!! January 14, 2021 Update: We finally have a target publishing date (September 21, 2021) and you can now pre-order the book! Honestly, I've become an even bigger fan of Gorman's work over the past few months and SEPTEMBER CAN'T COME SOON ENOUGH! I'm also super excited that Gorman has been selected to be the official inaugural poet for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris 😍. If this book wasn't on your radar before, it definitely will be after inauguration day. August 20, 2020 Update: Amanda Gorman is an incredible poet and just announced that she'll be publishing a book! I can't wait to read it! I first came across Gorman in one of John Krasinski's Somegoodnews video in which she performs a beautiful commencement poem for the graduating class of 2020 (which you can also watch here). I've since followed her on Instagram and am so excited to read some of her published works! You can see some of her work on her Instagram or on her Twitter.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Tracy

    After watching Poet Laureate Amanda Gordon speak so eloquently at President Biden's inauguration I was mesmerized and an instant fan of this young, very talented wordsmith. So...when I saw she had written a soon to be published children's book I immediately preordered with plans of passing on to my friend's young son. The lyrical prose makes it the perfect bedtime story for children and their loved ones to read together. Loren Long's vivid and colorful illustrations are the perfect imagery as th After watching Poet Laureate Amanda Gordon speak so eloquently at President Biden's inauguration I was mesmerized and an instant fan of this young, very talented wordsmith. So...when I saw she had written a soon to be published children's book I immediately preordered with plans of passing on to my friend's young son. The lyrical prose makes it the perfect bedtime story for children and their loved ones to read together. Loren Long's vivid and colorful illustrations are the perfect imagery as they seamlessly bring this powerful and timely book to life. Amanda Gorman's 'Change Sings' is sure to delight both readers and nonreaders alike for generations to come. Simply put, this one gets my highest of accolades.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Amy | Foxy Blogs

    A debut picture book that is written in lyrical form by Ms. Gorman. If you don't know who Amanda Gorman is here's a brief intro: Ms. Gorman is a 22-year-old Harvard graduate. She was named the first National Youth Poet Laureate in 2017. Her poetry focuses on social justice, feminism, and civil rights. Most people probably know her from her performance of The Hill We Climb during the 2021 presidential inauguration. Or from the Super Bowl LV where she was the first poet to perform at the Super Bowl A debut picture book that is written in lyrical form by Ms. Gorman. If you don't know who Amanda Gorman is here's a brief intro: Ms. Gorman is a 22-year-old Harvard graduate. She was named the first National Youth Poet Laureate in 2017. Her poetry focuses on social justice, feminism, and civil rights. Most people probably know her from her performance of The Hill We Climb during the 2021 presidential inauguration. Or from the Super Bowl LV where she was the first poet to perform at the Super Bowl.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    Simply wonderful. I listened to the audio, which the author narrates, but also read the book. The illustrations are fabulous.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Shannon

    Beautiful and artistic book about a little girl who inspires children, each unique, to use their voice (and instruments) to make change. Loren Long's illustrations serve as a beautiful accompaniment to the text. Beautiful and artistic book about a little girl who inspires children, each unique, to use their voice (and instruments) to make change. Loren Long's illustrations serve as a beautiful accompaniment to the text.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Natalie Park

    What a lovely poem! I read the book and listened to the author read it.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jes

    Ugh, absolutely beautiful. I'm in love with the line "As I grow, it grows like seeds./I am just what the world needs." Won't lie, that gave me chills. Ugh, absolutely beautiful. I'm in love with the line "As I grow, it grows like seeds./I am just what the world needs." Won't lie, that gave me chills.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Lea

    Really adorable book. The poem and illustrations are a perfect match. The poem is so uplifting.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Lckeller

    Amanda Gorman for president!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Dublin Von Cannon

    I have waited excitedly for this book to be published. Since hearing her inauguration poem, I have been a fan of Amanda Gorman and look forward to reading or listening to her work for years to come. May children and their parents truly enjoy this book and may educators find delight in reading it to their students. What a great choice of having Loren Long illustrate the book. The vibrant colors and drawings are fun and captivating!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    Can I give it 10 stars and is it okay that I'm moved to tears in the middle of the library? Can I give it 10 stars and is it okay that I'm moved to tears in the middle of the library?

  12. 4 out of 5

    Barbara

    This one is a 3.5 for me. Although I appreciate the sentiment expressed in this picture book and the idea that change is coming, I am not particularly a fan of the poetry. Yes, I know that I'm in the minority here, but some of the rhyming lines are just awkward, even/especially when read aloud. Ideas such as "I also walk our differences, / To show we are the same" (unpaged) are confusing to me since differences and similarities are not the same, and while there are commonalities among us, there This one is a 3.5 for me. Although I appreciate the sentiment expressed in this picture book and the idea that change is coming, I am not particularly a fan of the poetry. Yes, I know that I'm in the minority here, but some of the rhyming lines are just awkward, even/especially when read aloud. Ideas such as "I also walk our differences, / To show we are the same" (unpaged) are confusing to me since differences and similarities are not the same, and while there are commonalities among us, there are also clearly stark differences. The illustrations, created with acrylics and colored pencil, have much more appeal for me than the text since each page seems to invite readers to join in this song of change in whatever way they can--in voice, with an instrument, or even through helping hands or actions. The closing double-page spread shows the young narrator holding out a guitar so that whoever is listening can pluck a note and join in. My favorite image, though, is the double-page spread in which the narrator is holding out a trumpet to a boy whose hands are covering his ears as though to block out the sounds or whatever he doesn't want to hear. A fiercely protective hound stands by his side, protecting him from interlopers. Still, the young Black girl who is featured throughout the pages chooses to reach out. Since the illustrator has chosen a large panel for the artwork, each image is completed as a double-page spread, lending visual impact to the whole package. Thus, while casting doubt on some of the awkward lines, I celebrate this picture book for those marvelous images and the hopeful change described within.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Nancy

    Amanda Gorman is an amazing poet and the illustrations(drawings) by Loren Long are priceless. I remember as a child being told that I can make a difference in the world even if it is one act of kindness. I believe that Amanda is telling the same thing only in a language that can be understood by today’s youth. This is an important and beautiful message that every child, of every age, should read, hear, and learn. Well done! I love it!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Miss Kelly

    This is a beautiful picture book about being the change; accepting all for who they are and inviting them to participate. This concept of many parts to make a whole is eloquently depicted by a children's musical group - lovely illustrations! Amanda Gorman, the author, is also the youngest presidential inaugural poet in US history. This is a beautiful picture book about being the change; accepting all for who they are and inviting them to participate. This concept of many parts to make a whole is eloquently depicted by a children's musical group - lovely illustrations! Amanda Gorman, the author, is also the youngest presidential inaugural poet in US history.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Mel

    I ordered this on accident - I thought it was a poetry collection, not a picture book. That said, it's gorgeously illustrated and the poem is powerful. “I can hear change humming In its loudest, proudest song. I don’t fear change coming, And so I sing along.” I ordered this on accident - I thought it was a poetry collection, not a picture book. That said, it's gorgeously illustrated and the poem is powerful. “I can hear change humming In its loudest, proudest song. I don’t fear change coming, And so I sing along.”

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jenn O'Brien

    Fantastic illustrations - I could spend several readings just looking at the colors and details. The writing is excellent and a great way to introduce little readers to the poetry of words. A lovely children's book to be read by any age. Fantastic illustrations - I could spend several readings just looking at the colors and details. The writing is excellent and a great way to introduce little readers to the poetry of words. A lovely children's book to be read by any age.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance

    No one speaks to our world like young poet Amanda Gorman. In this picture book, Gorman celebrates the arrival of change in our country, with vibrant rhyme and alliteration. The words and pictures make you want to read this story over and over, to sing it even, to shout it in the streets.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Carmensutra

    Gorgeous illustrations and even more beautiful words. You'll want this for all your littles. Gorgeous illustrations and even more beautiful words. You'll want this for all your littles.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Kate

    An anthem for children, indeed! Young children will quickly pick up the rhythm and repetition, reading it back to their adults in no time. The language is beautiful. One could spend long periods of time looking at the exquisite illustrations and always notice some new detail.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Katie Bove

    Beautifully written and even more beautifully illustrated 💗 A story of overcoming obstacles by working together to make a better world. Definitely glad I pre-ordered so I can have this in my classroom!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    This is a "must own" picture book. Gorman's words sing off the page and you can hear her voice ringing. Loren Long's illustrations are amazing, showing a band of children humbly helping others with their actions and words, making sure no one is unseen. This is a "must own" picture book. Gorman's words sing off the page and you can hear her voice ringing. Loren Long's illustrations are amazing, showing a band of children humbly helping others with their actions and words, making sure no one is unseen.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Kevin

    Great message, terrific art, and an inspiring poem.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Lekeisha The Booknerd

    Lovely book for children. Easy to sing along, because that what poetry is; a song.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Binxie

    The poetry of Gorman along with the beautiful artwork of Long make this a treasure to behold. How we would benefit if this anthem were adopted by children around the world bringing hope to us all.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Dawn

    I ordered this book at our local book store not long after the presidential inauguration as a gift for my 6 year old granddaughter. I couldn't wait for it to arrive, and I read the book as soon as I picked it up last week. I was so delighted with the perfect message that Amanda Gorman has written as an anthem for the children of our nation. Her writing is wonderful, and the illustrations are equally beautiful. I ordered this book at our local book store not long after the presidential inauguration as a gift for my 6 year old granddaughter. I couldn't wait for it to arrive, and I read the book as soon as I picked it up last week. I was so delighted with the perfect message that Amanda Gorman has written as an anthem for the children of our nation. Her writing is wonderful, and the illustrations are equally beautiful.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    I love the text and illustrations.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Janelle Bailey

    76: Change Sings: A Children's Anthem by Amanda Gorman, pictures by Loren Long. Long-awaited and that same long ago ordered, this was a recent delightful delivery. I can hear well and throughout the melodic text of this picture book, the very same voice that many of us first heard when Amanda Gorman first shared it in the presentation of her Inauguration poem, “The Hill We Climb,” also published separately as The Hill We Climb, which is on my coffee table and available for all visitors to read. Th 76: Change Sings: A Children's Anthem by Amanda Gorman, pictures by Loren Long. Long-awaited and that same long ago ordered, this was a recent delightful delivery. I can hear well and throughout the melodic text of this picture book, the very same voice that many of us first heard when Amanda Gorman first shared it in the presentation of her Inauguration poem, “The Hill We Climb,” also published separately as The Hill We Climb, which is on my coffee table and available for all visitors to read. That is the poem she first shared in its entirety at President Joe Biden’s Inauguration in January. Like others watching that day from near or far, I was instantly stunned by this fresh and gorgeous young person and most especially by her strong, clear voice and the magical message it transmitted. Like many others, I became an instant fan, one who cannot wait to see where Gorman—23-year old Harvard grad, poet, and activist—next appears or goes. She is a beautiful person and possesses a beautiful voice, which I hope she uses over and over and over again, just as she has in this wonderful book. It will provide opportunities for young and old to hear her, and the more people and times she is heard, hopefully the impact of her important messages only grows. My only complaint, honestly, is that the book is so short. Even so, it is dense and rich in its brevity and contains more valuable material on every single page than simply the “short” poetic story it tells. Author and illustrator Loren Long's pictures, more gorgeous page by page, present a fabulous book full of opportunities to share with young children and readers. I have all kinds of ideas for the littles I know, such as letting them tell their own stories based on the pictures they see, having them point out particular colors as they learn them, instruments if they are interested, clothing items and other objects, describing the messages these faces and interactions convey. Change sings, as the title indicates, but change is also work...good work, and that is all depicted so clearly here. And the images are reminiscent for me of the Richard Scarry books I loved, myself, as a child. Children’s minds are such sponges for all they see and hear and take in. Why not fill them with all of the goodness that radiates from this book and its message and art? I cannot wait to share it with my own grandchildren…over and over again. And what a neat opportunity to introduce them to Amanda Gorman and her voice, as they just may—quite hopefully—see and hear more of her as they grow up. P.S. Not only can I hear clearly Gorman's voice here, but I can also hear that of Kristen Graves, folk singer, and would LOVE to hear a collaborative compilation between these two women...Gorman's poetry and lyrics put to Graves' music and storytelling folk song and performance. THAT...would be even more delightful.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Fred Slusher

    Amanda Gorman is, quite simply, a revelation. In Change Sings: A Children's Anthem, Gorman's mellifluous and uplifting text is paired with Loren Long's gorgeously-rendered illustrations to show readers of all ages that everyone has a voice and everyone can (and should) be an agent for positive change. I think it's fair to say that 2021 is the year of Amanda Gorman. She catapulted into the spotlight after she was chosen to recite her poem, "The Hill We Climb", at the inauguration of President Joe Amanda Gorman is, quite simply, a revelation. In Change Sings: A Children's Anthem, Gorman's mellifluous and uplifting text is paired with Loren Long's gorgeously-rendered illustrations to show readers of all ages that everyone has a voice and everyone can (and should) be an agent for positive change. I think it's fair to say that 2021 is the year of Amanda Gorman. She catapulted into the spotlight after she was chosen to recite her poem, "The Hill We Climb", at the inauguration of President Joe Biden. She is the youngest person to ever be chosen for that honor. She was photographed by Annie Liebowitz for the May cover of Vogue, becoming the first poet who can make that claim. It would seem that Gorman is racking up "firsts" like nobody's business, but if you ask her, she stands on the shoulders of giants - the Black ancestors whose DNA she shares and whose lives she honors with her work to create a more just and equitable America. In addition to Change Sings, which was released by Viking Books for Young Readers on September 21st, she is also the author of three additional books: The One for Whom Food Is Not Enough, which was released in 2015; The Hill We Climb: An Inaugural Poem for the Country, which was released earlier this year; and Call Us What We Carry: Poems, which is due to be released on December 7th by Penguin Young Readers and is now available to preorder wherever books are sold.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Deanne

    Movement flows from picture to picture and the words sing as one child hears change humming and proceeds without fear to meet others to form a strong wave of movement. Here is a sample of the lyrical text: I’m a movement that roars and springs, There’s a wave where my change sings. The book is beautiful and simple. The dedication touched me. It says, “For my mom, who always believed in my voice.” - AG For embodiment practices that go with this book, I suggest: Notice your own impulse to hum or t Movement flows from picture to picture and the words sing as one child hears change humming and proceeds without fear to meet others to form a strong wave of movement. Here is a sample of the lyrical text: I’m a movement that roars and springs, There’s a wave where my change sings. The book is beautiful and simple. The dedication touched me. It says, “For my mom, who always believed in my voice.” - AG For embodiment practices that go with this book, I suggest: Notice your own impulse to hum or to dance. Allow yourself time and freedom to do both. If you are a person whose voice was not heard as a child, using your voice more and more is such an important step in becoming who you are meant to be. If you have a strong voice, taking time to slow down and listen to other voices is an opportunity for you to discover what you might learn from those voices who are less likely to speak up. Recommended for kids and adults who need to remember or discover that they have a voice. For a video review... https://youtu.be/yHOXk0eHfmU

  30. 4 out of 5

    Phi Beta Kappa Authors

    Amanda Gorman ΦBK, Harvard University, 2020 Author From the publisher: A lyrical picture book debut from inaugural National Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman and #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 inaugural Youth Poet Laureate and activist Amanda Gorman, anything is possible when our voices join together. As a young girl leads a Amanda Gorman ΦBK, Harvard University, 2020 Author From the publisher: A lyrical picture book debut from inaugural National Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman and #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 inaugural Youth Poet Laureate 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 #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.

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