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A Place Inside of Me

A Poem to Heal the Heart


Farrar Straus & Giroux
Available: 07/21/20
8.8 x 11.35 · 32 pages
Ages 4-8 years
CDN $24.50 · cl
Picture book

 Canadian Title

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Zetta Elliott

illustrated by Noa Denmon

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 withjoy - skateboarding and playing basketball - until his community is deeply wounded by a police shooting. As fall turns to winter and then spring,feargrows intoanger, thenprideandpeace.

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 Elliottis a 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. Noa Denmonis a Philadelphia-based artist and illustrator. She is a graduate of The University of the Arts with a BFA in Illustration, and an MAT in Arts and Teaching. She loves patterns, pups, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, a great cup of coffee, and all spicy foods. A Place Inside of Me is her first picture book.