Amanda Gorman wants to inspire the next generation one book at a time.
Ahead of the release of her new children’s book, “Something Someday,” Gorman stopped by “Today” to share some details about the new title.
The 25-year-old poet and activist said the book seeks to give people hope and show “how even the smallest gesture can have a lasting impact.”
“I write my books for children, but also the families, the guardians that are experiencing that literary journey with them,” Gorman told Hoda Kotb and Savanah Guthrie during her “Today” appearance. “I wanted to speak to the emotional intelligence that children have. They understand that big things are going on, and they might not see how they fit into that big picture, but I think when they view themselves represented in stories as agents of hope and light and change, that’s one of the greatest ways we can empower the next generation to take charge.”
She added, “We have so much to learn from children that we don’t always give them credit for. Obviously, we want to protect them, we want to safeguard them, but at the same time, we want to be listening. Because when we give them a mic, it’s magic.”
The book is aimed at kids aged preschool to 3 and is 40 pages in length.
The book’s illustrations are by Christian Robinson, who received a Caldecott Honor and a Coretta Scott King Honor Award for his art in “Last Stop on Market Street,” which was written by Matt de la Peña.