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A Place Inside of Me

A Poem to Heal the Heart

by Zetta Elliott, illustrated by Noa Denmon

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Caldecott Honor Book
Today ShowBest Book for the Holidays
ALA Notable Book for All Ages
ALSC Notable Children's Book
NCTE Notable Poetry Book
Evanston Public Library's Top 100 Great Book for Kids
Nerdy Award Winner for Single Poem Picture Book
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 basketballuntil 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.

Contributor Notes

Zetta Elliottis a black feminist writer of poetry, plays, essays, novels, and stories for children. Her poetry has been published inWe 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.

Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
4 to 8
p to 3
  • Long-listed, Caldecott Honor Book
Editorial Review

2021 Caldecott Honor Book
AToday ShowBest Book for the Holidays
An ALSC Notable Children's Book
A NCTE Notable Poetry Book
An Evanston Public Library's Great Book for Kids
A Cooperative Children's Book Center List Pick
"A resonant exultation of community and the importance of self-reflection." —Publishers Weekly
"This book delivers positivity, despite the inclusion of police brutality, a Black Lives Matter protest, and a vigil for the dead—all of which affirm the child’s realities . . . A well-crafted, twenty-first-century love poem by two truth-telling Black women artists and activists." —The Horn Book

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