Amanda Gorman Co-Authors Picture Book With Illustrator Christian Robinson for PYR September Publication


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Amanda Gorman, presidential inaugural poet and #1 New York Times bestselling author will partner with Caldecott Honor and Coretta Scott King Honor winner Christian Robinson to deliver a stunning new children’s picture book, SOMETHING, SOMEDAY (Viking Children’s Books).

Scheduled for publication September 26, 2023 with Viking Children’s Books, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers, SOMETHING, SOMEDAY pairs Gorman’s inspiring text with Robinson’s iconic art to deliver a timeless message of hope.

Sometimes the world feels broken. And problems seem too big to fix. But somehow, we all have the power to make a difference. With a little faith, and maybe the help of a friend, together we can find beauty and create change. 

“I wrote SOMETHING, SOMEDAY to show that though it might be difficult, when we work together, even the smallest acts of kindness can lead to the largest positive change,” said Amanda Gorman. “I’ve long admired Christian’s art and having the opportunity to collaborate with him has been a dream come true. I hope that readers find joy and inspiration in SOMETHING, SOMEDAY and I can’t wait for it to be out in the world.” 

Tamar Brazis, Vice President and Publisher, Viking Children’s Books, added, “Amanda’s intimate text and Christian’s thoughtful illustrations demonstrate how young readers can make a lasting impact in their communities with even the smallest gesture. The collaboration between these two innovative creators is a true publishing event.” 

Amanda Gorman is the youngest presidential inaugural poet in US history. She is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of THE HILL WE CLIMB, CALL US WHAT WE CARRY, and the children’s picture book  CHANGE SINGS, illustrated by Loren Long. Amanda is a committed advocate for the environment, racial equality, and gender justice. In a groundbreaking collaboration with the Estée Lauder Companies as a Global Changemaker, she established the “Writing Change” initiative to support grassroots organizations dedicated to advancing literacy as a pathway to social change. She graduated cum laude from Harvard University and now lives in her hometown of Los Angeles. Please visit her at or on Instagram @AmandaSCGorman. 

Christian Robinson received a Caldecott Honor and a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Award for his art in LAST STOP ON MARKET STREET, written by Matt de la Peña. He is the author and illustrator of the picture books ANOTHER and YOU MATTER, and he has illustrated many more, including NINA: A STORY OF NINA SIMONE  by Traci N. Todd and THE BENCH  by Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex. He lives in Oakland. Please visit him at or on Instagram @TheArtOfFun. 

Posted: February 16, 2023