Richard Blanco made history as the first immigrant, Latino, and openly gay person and the youngest person to deliver the inauguration poem when he did so for President Barack Obama’s second inaugural in January 2013. His poem for that day, ONE TODAY, has been transformed into a lovely picture book for the whole family thanks to Captain Underpants creator Dav Pilkey’s endearing and whimsical imagery. From dawn to dusk and coast to coast, the book follows the everyday lives of Americans as they go to work, to school, and to the market. Blanco’s narrative poems celebrates the working class, the teachers, and mothers who help children achieve their dreams daily. “All of us 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.” With so much loss in the world, it’s nice to see a book with a little hope for the holidays!
One Today is a poem celebrating America. President Barack Obama invited Richard Blanco to write a poem to share at his second presidential inauguration. That poem is "One Today," a lush and lyrical, patriotic commemoration of America from dawn to dusk and from coast to coast. Brought to life here by beloved, award-winning artist Dav Pilkey, "One Today" is a tribute to a nation where the extraordinary happens every single day.
About the Author
Richard Blanco is an award-winning American poet, storyteller, teacher, public speaker, and memoirist. He lives with his partner in Maine.
Dav Pilkey has created many beloved books, including those in the Captain Underpants series and Caldecott Honor award-winning "The Paperboy." He lives with his wife in the Pacific Northwest.