THE NATIONAL BESTSELLER • US Poet Laureate Joy Harjo’s iconic poem "Remember," illustrated by Caldecott Medalist Michaela Goade, invites young readers to pause and reflect on the wonder of the world around them, and to remember the importance of their place in it.
Remember the sky you were born under,
Know each of the star's stories.
Remember the moon, know who she is.
Remember the sun's birth at dawn,
That is the strongest point of time.
So begins the picture book adaptation of the renowned poem that encourages young readers to reflect on family, nature, and their heritage. In simple and direct language, Harjo, a member of the Mvskoke Nation, urges readers to pay close attention to who they are, the world they were born into, and how all inhabitants on earth are connected. Michaela Goade, drawing from her Tlingit culture, has created vivid illustrations that make the words come alive in an engaging and accessible way.
This timeless poem paired with magnificent paintings makes for a picture book that is a true celebration of life and our human role within it.
Praise for Remember
★ "A contemplative, visually dazzling masterpiece that will resonate even more deeply each time it is read."—Kirkus Reviews, starred review
★ “A beauty to behold…. A rich and reverential tribute to life, family, and poetry.” —Booklist, starred review
★ "Evoking the cyclical feeling of a slow breath in and out, it’s a smartly constructed, reflective picture book based in connection and noticing." —Publishers Weekly, starred review
★ “Generation-spanning Native creators deliver a lustrous celebration of generational memory.” —The Horn Book, starred review
★ "Sparse words and the rhythmic use of anaphora with “Remember’’ complement the overflowing pages that burst with intricate details, and those busy pages are perfectly balanced with objects and negative space."
—The Bulletin, starred review
★ "A significant work of children’s literature, this paean to nature and Indigenous culture belongs in every school and public library collection for years to come." —School Library Journal
“I am in awe of this breathtakingly beautiful picture book…. It is incomparably stunning.” —Book Riot