Praise Song for the Day by Elizabeth Alexander

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Praise Song for the Day was commissioned for the inauguration of President Barack Obama. These inspiring words by award-winning poet Elizabeth Alexander celebrate all that has made America what it is today and challenge us—as individuals, as communities, as a nation—to continue working toward the dream of a better world for all.

Together with spectacular illustrations by Caldecott Award–winning illustrator David Diaz, Praise Song for the Day reminds us that we are an ever-evolving nation fueled by hope, freedom, perseverance, and love.


About Elizabeth Alexander

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Elizabeth Alexander is a poet, essayist, playwright, and teacher born in New York City and raised in Washington, DC. She has published numerous books of poems, including American Sublime (2005), a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. She teaches at Yale University. You can visit her online at
Published February 6, 2009 by Graywolf Press. 28 pages
Genres: Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Written for Barack Obama’s inauguration, Alexander’s poem uses sophisticated language and images both abstract and concrete to celebrate the diversity of the world we live in, the history that brought us to the day our first African-American president was sworn in and the hope that event inspired.

Jan 18 2012 | Read Full Review of Praise Song for the Day

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Elizabeth Alexander wrote Praise Song for the Day to celebrate the swearing in of her friend, and former University of Chicago colleague, Barack Obama as the 44th president of the United States.

Feb 02 2009 | Read Full Review of Praise Song for the Day

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