Inaugural poet Amanda Gorman has channeled her talent into creating a children's picture book and it was published on Tuesday, September 21, 2021.
Amanda Gorman is not only a published poet, but she is now a children's book author. The 23-year-old debuted her first children's book, "Change Sings: A Children's Anthem," this week.
The book is a picture book and follows a young girl and a cast of characters on a musical journey where they learn they have the capability to change their community, themselves, and the world.
Amanda Gorman during her poetry performance at President Biden's Inauguration, 2021, Washington, D.C. | Photo: Getty Images
The book is illustrated by artist Loren Long. The artist has shared a few glimpses of the images on his Instagram page, including a bright and colorful mural of Martin Luther King Jr.
Gorman shared the news of the book's debut on Instagram. She shared a pretty photo of herself posing with her new book while smiling widely at the camera. The poet shared in the caption:
"It’s finally here! Change Sings releases today and I could not be more excited."
Amanda Gorman pictured at the 2021 MET Gala in New York City. | Photo: Getty Images
Gorman admitted the book took four years to make. She sent a special thanks to Long for making her poem come to life with his vibrant paintings. She also dedicated the book to the young readers who will change the world.
In a press release, Gorman shared that she wrote the book because she believes each child has the capability to change the world as they are the future leaders.
Gorman is not only a published poet, but she is slowly getting a name for herself as a style icon.
Furthermore, Gorman hopes readers will enjoy her story and see that everyone has the power to start change and make changes in the world.
Long said he was honored to illustrate Gorman's work and described the poet as extraordinarily talented. A press release described the children's book as a:
"...triumphant call to action for everyone to use their abilities to make a difference."
Besides her debut children's book, Gorman has had other work published. The activist was a number one bestselling author for the New York Times for a special edition release of her inaugural poem "The Hill We Climb."
Later this year, the youngest inauguration poet in history is set to release a collection of poems called "Call Us What We Carry." Gorman is not only a published poet, but she is slowly getting a name for herself as a style icon.
She was a co-chair for the 2021 Metropolitan Gala, alongside singer Billie Eilish, actor Timothée Chalamet and tennis star Naomi Osaka. The theme of this year's gala was "In America: A Lexicon of Fashion."
With the theme in mind, Gorman wore a blue Vera Wang dress and chose accessories inspired by the Statue of Liberty, including a book as the statue holds a book.
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