reading A Place Inside of Me: A Poem to Heal the Heart, a powerful, affirming poem in which a Black child explores his shifting emotions throughout the year.
"A resonant exultation of community and the importance of self-reflection."--Publishers Weekly
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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.
Zetta Elliott is an award-winning Black feminist writer of poetry, plays, essays, novels, and stories for children. Her poetry has been published in We Rise, We Resist, We Raise Our Voices, and her picture book, Bird, won the Honor Award in Lee & Low Books' New Voices Contest and the Paterson Prize for Books for Young Readers. She lives in West Philadelphia.