A Place Inside of Me: A Poem to Heal the Heart

By Zetta Elliott (Author), Noa Denmon (Illustrator)

This powerful poem captures a Black child's wide range of emotions over the passage of a year—from joy to sorrow and anger when he learns of a shooting, and, subsequently, to hope and love.


From the 2021 Caldecott press release: Noa Denmon’s strategic use of light/dark colors and urban environments augment a black child's emotional range from joy and then sorrow and anger when he learns news of a shooting, and subsequently hope and love. Community solidarity, representation of Black Lives Matter, and images of cultural icons such as Beyoncé, Malcolm X, and others add to the power of the art.

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