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

November 18, 2020
A Place Inside of Me: A Poem to Heal the Heart

In this powerful, affirming poem by award-winning author ZettaElliott, a Black child explores his shifting emotions throughoutthe year.There is a place inside of mea space deep down inside of mewhere all my feelings hide.Summertime is filled with joy―skateboarding and playingbasketball―until his community is deeply wounded by a policeshooting. As fall turns to winter and then spring, fear grows intoanger, then pride and peace.In her stunning debut, illustrator Noa Denmon articulates thedepth and nuances of a child’s experiences following a policeshooting―through grief and protests, healing and community―withwashes of color as vibrant as his words.Here is a groundbreaking narrative that can help allreaders―children and adults alike―talk about the feelings hidingdeep inside each of us.