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A Place Inside of Me: A Poem to Heal the Heart Kindle Edition
Caldecott Honor Book
Today Show Best Book for the Holidays
ALA Notable Book for All Ages
ALSC Notable Children's Book
NCTE Notable Poetry Book
Evanston Public Library's Top 100 Great Book for Kids
Nerdy Award Winner for Single Poem Picture Book
Bank Street Best Books of the Year
In this powerful, affirming poem by award-winning author Zetta Elliott, a Black child explores his shifting emotions throughout the year.
There is a place inside of me
a space deep down inside of me
where all my feelings hide.
Summertime is filled with joy—skateboarding and playing basketball—until his community is deeply wounded by a police shooting. As fall turns to winter and then spring, fear grows into anger, then pride and peace.
In her stunning debut, illustrator Noa Denmon articulates the depth and nuances of a child’s experiences following a police shooting—through grief and protests, healing and community—with washes of color as vibrant as his words.
Here is a groundbreaking narrative that can help all readers—children and adults alike—talk about the feelings hiding deep inside each of us.
2021 Caldecott Honor Book
A Today Show Best Book for the Holidays
An ALSC Notable Children's Book
A NCTE Notable Poetry Book
An Evanston Public Library's Great Book for Kids
A Cooperative Children's Book Center List Pick
"A resonant exultation of community and the importance of self-reflection." ―Publishers Weekly
"This book delivers positivity, despite the inclusion of police brutality, a Black Lives Matter protest, and a vigil for the dead―all of which affirm the child’s realities . . . A well-crafted, twenty-first-century love poem by two truth-telling Black women artists and activists." ―The Horn Book
About the Author
- ASIN : B089RY5X42
- Publisher : Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR); Illustrated edition (July 21, 2020)
- Publication date : July 21, 2020
- Language : English
- File size : 35572 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Not enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Not Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Not Enabled
- Print length : 37 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 0374307415
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,020,490 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
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Readers will accompany a young child who's sharing about the many emotions hiding within. The words are gorgeous, but so are the illustrations. And the illustrations add information. Readers will need to read those too or they may miss a lot.
Unfortunately, there are still way too many communities and families reeling due to police shootings and other instances of violence by the hands of the state. This book is one way for readers to find their way to healing. Children and their loved ones or caregivers will have opportunities to reflect on their own emotions and ways that they can express and experience them. I see this as a path to meaningful discussions or even just a way for loved ones to sit with each other in their pain and healing.
There is beauty in the strength and the hope that this young Black child finds when looking within and when looking at his community.
Recommendation: I highly recommend this book for any home or shared library that serves young people. Anyone can find healing within the pages of this book, but I think that this is particularly true for Black readers. There are certainly ugly things happening, but that is not where the poem ends. The young person feels pride in knowing that through the struggle, his people have emerged strong. In the face of everything, he is able to show compassion and love and so are others in his community. I believe it will move readers toward healing, but will also be empowering. I hope it gets in the hands of many, many readers.