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A Song for Juneteenth

Zetta Elliott, David Anthony Geary (Illustrator)


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This emotional and lyrical picture book by acclaimed poet Zetta Elliott, with breathtaking illustrations by debut illustrator David Anthony Geary, celebrates the importance of Juneteenth as well as the resilience of Black families and the power of community.

Black child
you were birthed from a
jeweled expanse
infinite and vast
but holy as the womb
Never forget it was HOPE that birthed you. . . .

From birth to beyond, from slavery to freedom, and from generation to generation, this powerful and evocative book shows the breadth and depth of Black history.

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 9780316167727, 40pp.

Publication Date: May 9, 2023

About the Author

Zetta Elliott is an award-winning author of forty books for young readers. Her first young adult poetry collection, Say Her Name, was nominated for the YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction Award. Her picture book, A Place Inside of Me: a Poem to Heal the Heart, was a Caldecott Honoree and named a 2021 Notable Poetry Book by the National Council of Teachers of English. Her poetry has been published in We Rise, We Resist, We Raise Our Voices; New Daughters of Africa and The Ringing Ear: Black Poets Lean South. She lives in Chicago, IL. Her website is

David Anthony Geary is a transdisciplinary artist working in a variety of mediums, for the last 25 years incorporating painting, printmaking, collage, assemblage, sculpture, and photography into his practice. His artistic training took place in New Orleans, LA at Xavier University. David's work has been featured several times in Starbucks store designs nationally, including the flagship Reserve Roastery. His Great Migration series is on permanent exhibition at the University of Chicago. He has also designed historical city landmarks in Chicago, such as the Ida B. Wells Memorial Marker and the Great Migration Suspension Bridge Marker. This is David's debut picture book. For more information visit: