Due to overwhelming demand, Penguin Young Readers will publish a special hardcover edition of “The Hill We Climb,” the poem written and delivered by Amanda Gorman at the inauguration of the 46th president of the United States, Joe Biden. At age 22, Ms. Gorman is the sixth and youngest poet to deliver a poetry reading at a presidential inauguration, joining a select group that includes Maya Angelou, Robert Frost and Elizabeth Alexander. The special edition will be released this spring, with a first printing of 150,000.
“The Hill We Climb” will also be included in a poetry collection of the same name, to be released by Viking Books for Young Readers on September 21, 2021 alongside Ms. Gorman’s debut picture book, Change Sings, which has risen to #1 on Amazon amidst a flurry of pre-orders following her inauguration appearance.
Ms. Gorman’s inaugural poetry reading made her the person of the moment across all media, including The New York Times, CBS This Morning, CNN, and social media platforms.
Perhaps the most poignant of all was a tweet by former President Barack Obama:
“On a day for the history books, @TheAmandaGorman delivered a poem that more than met the moment. Young people like her are proof that ‘there is always light, if only we’re brave enough to see it; if only we’re brave enough to be it.’”