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

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

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A Place Inside of Me: A Poem to Heal the Heart Hardcover – Picture Book, July 21, 2020 by Zetta Elliott

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

Caldecott Honor Book
Today Show Best 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

Bank Street Best Books of the Year


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 with joy―skateboarding and playing basketballuntil his community is deeply wounded by a police shooting. As fall turns to winter and then spring, fear grows into anger, then pride and peace.

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.

About the Author

Zetta Elliott is a Black feminist writer of poetry, plays, essays, novels, and stories for children. Her poetry has been published in We 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 Evanston, IL.
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR); Illustrated edition (July 21, 2020)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 32 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0374307415
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0374307417
  • Reading age ‏ : ‎ 4 - 8 years
  • Grade level ‏ : ‎ Kindergarten - 3
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 14.4 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 8.75 x 0.41 x 11.37 inches