Amanda Gorman’s books are now bestsellers after her performance at Biden’s inauguration

Amanda Gorman’s books are now bestsellers after her powerful and moving poem at Biden’s inauguration

Amanda Gorman reads a poem during the the 59th inaugural ceremony on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol on January 20, 2021 in Washington, DC.
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Amanda Gorman's books reached number one on Amazon, just hours after her poem on Inauguration Day.

The swearing-in of President Biden and Vice President Harris was an inspiring and historic day. A day of unity and celebration, with uplifting songs and poignant speeches, but none more so than Amanda Gorman's poem. Not only did she wow us with her gorgeous style and birdcage ring, but with her powerful words.

If her speech wasn't amazing enough, both her books—'The Hill we climb' and 'Change sings: A children's anthem'—are now number one bestsellers on Amazon. Both are available for pre-order on Amazon and will be released on the 21st of September.

'The Hill we climb’ will be a book version of her inauguration poem that she performed at President Biden’s swearing-in.

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Gorman took to Twitter to express her delight, saying: “ I AM ON THE FLOOR MY BOOKS ARE #1 & #2 ON AMAZON AFTER 1 DAY!” She continued: “Thank you so much to everyone for supporting me and my words. As Yeats put it: 'For words alone are certain good: Sing, then'."

Her bestseller “Change Sings: A children's anthem” is illustrated by Loren Long, and follows a young girl who leads the other characters on a musical journey. They learn they have the power to cause a change in themselves and their community. The book is a beautiful, lyrical tale that is sure to be as inspiring and Gorman’s inaugural poem.

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The 22-year-old youth poet laureate is the youngest ever inaugural poet. Her poem ‘The Hill we climb’ were words we needed to hear as she showed an inspiring vision for the future of democracy and for the nation: “There is always light, if only we’re brave enough to see it; if only we’re brave enough to be it.”

Naomi Jamieson
Naomi Jamieson

Naomi is a trainee News Writer with the Women's Lifestyle team. She has a background in design, having studied Illustration at Plymouth University but has taken a leap into the world of journalism after always having a passion for writing. She currently writes pieces on fashion, wellbeing, and entertainment for GoodTo and My Imperfect Life and is training for an NCTJ Qualification. 

Before working for Future Publishing’s Lifestyle News team, she worked in the Ad production team. Here she wrote and designed adverts on all sorts of things, which then went into print magazines across all genres. Now, when she isn’t writing articles on celebs, fashion trends, or the newest shows on Netflix, you can find her drinking copious cups of coffee, drawing and probably online shopping.