Amanda Gorman & Christian Robinson

Closing Session

Tuesday, June 27: 11:00AM―12:00PM, CT

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Photo of ALA Annual 2023 Closing Session Speakers, Amanda Gorman - photo credit: Danny Williams, and Christian Robinson - photo credit: John Kwiatkowski

Amanda Gorman

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. She 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

Christian Robinson received a Caldecott Honor and a Coretta Scott King 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 Markle, The Duchess of Sussex. He lives in Oakland. Please visit him at or on Instagram or on Instagram @TheArtOfFun.

About the Session

Gorman and Robinson will discuss their book, "Something, Someday," available September 2023. The children's picture book is a timeless message of hope, with intimate and inspiring text and powerfully stunning illustrations. 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. Gorman says, "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

Book cover for Something, Someday, by Amanda Gorman & Christian Robinson



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