PYR to Release Special Edition of “The Hill We Climb,” Read by Amanda Gorman at the Presidential Inauguration

By Laura Kemp | January 22 2021 | AdultChildren's

Due to overwhelming demand, Penguin Young Readers will publish a special hardcover edition of “The Hill We Climb,” the poem written and delivered by Amanda Gorman at the inauguration of the 46th president of the United States, Joe Biden.  At age 22, Ms. Gorman is the sixth and youngest poet to deliver a poetry reading at a presidential inauguration, joining a select group that includes Maya Angelou, Robert Frost and Elizabeth Alexander. The special edition will be released this spring.

“The Hill We Climb” will also be included in a poetry collection of the same name, to be released by Viking Books for Young Readers on September 21, 2021 alongside Ms. Gorman’s debut picture book, CHANGE SINGS.

Ms. Gorman’s inaugural poetry reading made her the person of the moment across all media, including The New York TimesCBS This Morning, CNN, and social media platforms. Perhaps the most poignant of all was a tweet by former President Barack Obama: “On a day for the history books, @TheAmandaGorman delivered a poem that more than met the moment. Young people like her are proof that ‘there is always light, if only we’re brave enough to see it; if only we’re brave enough to be it.’”


To find a collection of poetry books for other young poets like Amanda Gorman, please click here.

For a full list of adult titles related to the Inauguration Day, please check out the PRH Backlist Vault here.

An Inauguration Day 2021 Sell Sheet and Order Form are also available to download.