There is a very special place in my heart for picture books that endeavor to make extremely dark and sad topics accessible for children. THE PRESIDENT SANG AMAZING GRACE did just that, bringing to life the senseless Charleston Church Shooting and illuminating President Obama's grace and leadership during that time. We are living in such perilous times and with the advent of technology and communication, younger and younger children are being exposed to the dark realities of the world at a much higher rate than I imagine they were in the past. It's so very important that we acknowledge this and ensure that we are as honest with children as possible. They will appreciate us for it and we will be a better world if we are committed to not only naming our realities, but working together to change them.