[Poetry Friday] A Children’s Anthem For Change

Myra here.

Thank you to dear Irene Latham at Live Your Poem for hosting this week.

This year, we hope to feature books that fit any of the following criteria:

  1. Postcolonial literature and/or [pre/post] revolutionary stories
  2. Stories by indigenous / first-nation peoples / people of colour
  3. Narratives of survival and healing, exile and migration, displacement and dispossession
  4. Books written or illustrated by people who have been colonized, oppressed, marginalized

Change Sings: A Children’s Anthem (Amazon | Book Depository)

Words by Amanda Gorman Illustrated by Loren Long
Published by Viking Books For Young Readers (2021) ISBN: 9780593203224 (ISBN10: 0593203224) Borrowed via Overdrive. Book photos taken by me.

I loved Amanda Gorman’s inaugural poem, The Hill We Climb. Thus, when I found out late last year that she had a poetry picturebook out illustrated by no less than Loren Long, I immediately tried to find it, and was so delighted to see it on Overdrive.

The poem begins with the promise of something to come:

I can hear change humming

In its loudest, proudest song.

I don’t fear change coming,

And so I sing along.

What I especially find to be moving in this poem is that it acknowledges the difficulty in having this kind of change happen; there is a recognition that not all people would understand this song that is now in the air.

Yet there is also a quiet resolve and certitude that change will come, nonetheless. It also centralizes this change – not from somewhere outside of the self – but within one’s own actions because:

I’m the voice where freedom rings.

You’re the love your bright heart brings.

What a perfect read-aloud for young children in the classroom.

#DecolonizeBookshelves2022 Update: 9 out of target 100

January 28, 2022 at 06:31AM Myra Garces-Bacsal