And the People Stayed Home$18.99
And the People Stayed Home is a picture book for children (and readers of all ages) by Kitty O’Meara, featuring her hopeful prose poem about the global coronavirus pandemic. The poem suggests there is meaning to be found in our experience of the coronavirus and conveys an optimistic message about the possibility of profound healing for people and the planet. Written by O’Meara in March 2020, the piece immediately went viral. It has been so widely shared through social media, news media, and by influencers such as Deepak Chopra that O’Meara, a former teacher and chaplain and currently a spiritual director, has been called “the poet laureate of the pandemic.”
The poem has resonated with people nationally and internationally in profound and sometimes surprising ways. In addition to going viral, it has already been translated into multiple languages, been the subject of many videos, and inspired musicians in countries across the globe to set it to music.
“In Kitty O’Meara's book, And the People Stayed Home, she offers us wisdom that can help during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. She is challenging us to grow—to look inside, to listen deeply, to allow ourselves to think differently, and ultimately, to create new ways of living on the planet."
—Deepak Chopra, MD, author, Metahuman
"Kitty has managed to take such a complex historic moment and craft an eloquent, heartwarming reflection that will resonate with generations to come. In a time when we all need to believe something good can come out of something so devastating, Kitty’s words give us pause and hope. Combined with the warm illustrations depicting life, this book offers the reader encouragement for a brighter tomorrow."—Kate Winslet
“Kitty O'Meara is the poet laureate of the pandemic…The poem has become shorthand for a silver-linings perspective during the coronavirus outbreak—the hope that something good can come out of this collective state of ‘together, apart.’ ”—O, The Oprah Magazine
“It captured the kind of optimism people need right now.”—Esquire (UK)
“One of the most popular pandemic poems to date was authored by Kitty O'Meara…the emotion she shared resonated through a prism of social media remixes, showing up in images on Instagram, in YouTube videos, reposted on Twitter and beyond. It was translated into dozens of languages and even turned into song.”—To the Best of Our Knowledge (NPR)
“And the People Stayed Home is a deeply reflective poem that offers a hopeful and helpful message for people of all ages during this challenging time. It encourages everyone to think about…this difficult moment and to use it for good—to heal ourselves and those we love, and to consider how we might come together as one to heal the world.”—Dr. Judy Ho