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

Author(s) Zetta Elliott
Illustrator(s) Noa Denmon
Age Group 4-8
Publisher Farrar, Straus and Giroux
ISBN 978-0374307417
Year 2020
A Place Inside of Me

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 basketball―until 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. This book 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.


A Place Inside of Me