Remember that book of children’s poems by Nikki Giovanni?

You probably already have a copy of Nikki Giovanni’s Spin a Soft Black Song sitting somewhere on your shelves. It’s that beautiful book of poems for children.

Did you find it?

It’s a great read-aloud while others are cooking and baking. Bonus love if you memorize a poem or two.

Of course, as Ms. Giovanni herself explained in the introduction, “It’s about us [Nikki Giovanni and then-illustrator Charles Bible] from five weeks old to ten years. If you can’t read, get your mommy or daddy or cousin (since older brothers and sisters rarely have time) to read it to you.”

Big thanks to my Opa and Oma for giving my sister and me our first copy.

*nostalgia*

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