One Today: We Keep Dreaming

BookendsOne TodayCindy: This post may not be for everyone, but it is intended to be. I watched President Obama’s State of the Union address last night and once again was inspired by his philosophy of inclusion, his work for equality, and his call to action. Action from all of us. Each of us. However you feel about his political programs and policies, I dream of a United States where we value everyone and where everyone feels responsible for making us better as a nation.

I dream of a United States where we value everyone
and where everyone feels responsible for making
us better as a nation.

If you share this dream, I recommend you read or reread One Today (2015) by Richard Blanco. The poem written and read for President Obama’s second inauguration is presented for children in this picture-book format, illustrated by the talented Dav Pilkey. I’m going to quote from Amina Chaudhri‘s starred Booklist review:

In this picture book, we follow two children and their cat through their day. It is a simple day that includes stopping at a fruit stand, going to school, playing in the park, meeting people, and eventually heading home hand in hand, “always under one sky, our sky.” In this charged but quietly lyrical poem, written and read for President Obama’s second inauguration, Blanco pays tribute to the nation by following the sun as it glides across the country, pouring light on everything that is extraordinary about humanity: our stories, our “silent gestures moving behind windows,” our dreams, languages, sorrows, labor, and talents. It celebrates, without fanfare, the opportunity, diversity, and unity that is America.

And from Richard Blanco’s poem:

All of us as vital as the one light we move through,
the same light on blackboards with lessons for the day:
equations to solve, history to question, or atoms imagined,
the “I have a dream” we keep dreaming . . .

Regardless of where we each stand in our political views, let’s continue to work to stand together.



About the Author:

Cindy Dobrez and Lynn Rutan are Booklist reviewers and middle-school librarians who have chaired both ALA’s Best Books for Young Adults and the Michael L. Printz Award for YA Literature committees. Follow Bookends on Twitter at @BookendsBlog. You can also find Cindy at @cdobrez and Lynn at @482april.

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