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.
Author’s note. Illustrator’s note. Full-color illustrations were created with watercolor, gouache, and colored pencil.