A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Change Sings: A Children's Anthem empowers readers to be the change they wish to see in the world. Through illustrations, readers see just how to make change, big and small, as the book's main character become friends with those who are different from her, picking up trash, and helping others in need.
Anything is possible when all of our voices join together to create change. Hope for a better tomorrow. Through your actions, big and small, you can become a leader of the future.
Positive Role Models
The main character is a young girl who creates big change for the people and places in her community, by making a series of small, yet powerfully heartfelt actions. She never stops trying to empower others through leading by example, in the hope of a brighter future for everyone. She serves as an intelligent, hopeful, and creative role model for readers.
The cast of characters is very inclusive, and the main character is African American. Illustrations depict characters of various ages, races, religions, and different physical abilities working together to create a better future. The book emphasizes friendship and collaboration among everyone.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Change Sings: A Children's Anthem is the first picture book by author, poet and activist Amanda Gorman, best known for her moving poem delivered at President Joe Biden's inauguration. A committed advocate for equality and justice, Gorman's latest work inspires the youngest members of our society to be empowered to create change, both big and small. Bright, bold pictures from celebrated illustrator Loren Long capture readers attention from the start, as they follow along the main character's lyrical journey. A young girl, fueled by her hope for a brighter tomorrow, makes positive change for herself and others with heartfelt actions throughout the story.
Is It Any Good?
Author Amanda Gorman captivated and inspired the nation during her delivery of her poem "The Hill We Climb" at the 2021 presidential inauguration, and she has done so once again. Change Sings: A Children's Anthem will leave readers knowing that anything is possible when we join our voices together. The book's poetic text and rhythmic illustrations lead readers along the main character's inspiring journey -- a true call to action for the youngest members of our society. The book's diverse characters let readers see themselves in the book and know that extraordinary change comes from the small actions we take together, as simple as making friends with those who are different from us, picking up trash, and helping others in need.
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