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Celebrate National Poetry Month By Sharing Amanda Gorman Books With Kids

Updated: Jan 15, 2023

What is National Poetry Month?

Launched by the Academy of American Poets in April 1996, National Poetry Month celebrates poetry and the integral role that poets play in our culture. Over the years, it has become one of the largest literary celebrations in the world, with tens of millions of readers, students, K–12 teachers, librarians, booksellers, literary events curators, publishers, families, and—of course—poets, marking poetry's important place in our lives.

Share poetry books with kids

To celebrate National Poetry Month, and Helping Kids Rise are proud to partner with Penguin Young Readers to donate copies of Amanda Gorman’s books to schools and community organizations across the country. Donations accepted from March 14, 2022 through May 13, 2022.

When you purchase a copy through our Bookshop page, you will be supporting We Need Diverse Books with the donated book(s), as well as supporting the Helping Kids Rise mission with your purchase! We Need Diverse Books is a non-profit organization that distributes books to low-income classrooms, educators, and organizations across the country. Helping Kids Rise is a champion for literacy using books and resources that help readers feel seen and loved.


Change Sings: A Children's Anthem

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 #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.

The Hill We Climb: An Inaugural Poem for the Country

Amanda Gorman’s electrifying and historic poem “The Hill We Climb,” read at President Joe Biden’s inauguration, is now available as a collectible gift edition.

On January 20, 2021, Amanda Gorman became the sixth and youngest poet to deliver a poetry reading at a presidential inauguration. Taking the stage after the 46th president of the United States, Joe Biden, Gorman captivated the nation and brought hope to viewers around the globe with her call for unity and healing. Her poem “The Hill We Climb: An Inaugural Poem for the Country” can now be cherished in this special gift edition, perfect for any reader looking for some inspiration. Including an enduring foreword by Oprah Winfrey, this remarkable keepsake celebrates the promise of America and affirms the power of poetry.

Call Us What We Carry: Poems

The breakout poetry collection by #1 New York Times bestselling author and presidential inaugural poet Amanda Gorman

Formerly titled The Hill We Climb and Other Poems, the luminous poetry collection by #1 New York Times bestselling author and presidential inaugural poet Amanda Gorman captures a shipwrecked moment in time and transforms it into a lyric of hope and healing. In Call Us What We Carry, Gorman explores history, language, identity, and erasure through an imaginative and intimate collage. Harnessing the collective grief of a global pandemic, this beautifully designed volume features poems in many inventive styles and structures and shines a light on a moment of reckoning. Call Us What We Carry reveals that Gorman has become our messenger from the past, our voice for the future.


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