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Inaugural poet Amanda Gorman’s upcoming children’s book selling fast, including in Spokane

American poet Amanda Gorman reads a poem during the 59th Presidential Inauguration at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021.  (Patrick Semansky)

Poet Amanda Gorman set a hopeful tone during Wednesday’s inauguration ceremony with her new work, “The Hill We Climb.”

The youngest inaugural poet in U.S. history, Gorman’s words appear to have struck a chord with listeners, as pre-orders of “Change Sings,” her upcoming children’s book set for release Sept. 21, have already started selling quickly.

“Half (or more) of our new web orders this morning are for ‘Change Sings,’” Auntie’s Bookstore tweeted Wednesday morning.

The full text of “The Hill We Climb” is available at

Here is an excerpt:

“We’ve braved the belly of the beast/We’ve learned that quiet isn’t always peace/And the norms and notions/of what just is/Isn’t always just-ice/And yet the dawn is ours…

“Yes we are far from polished/far from pristine/but that doesn’t mean we are/striving to form a union that is perfect/We are striving to forge a union with purpose/To compose a country committed to all cultures, colors, characters and/conditions of man…”