Sweet People Are Everywhere


by Alice Walker


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Sweet People Are Everywhere, an illustrated book for children ages 4–8 (and readers of all ages) by internationally renowned writer and activist Alice Walker, focuses on a common thread of the “sweet people” who can be found all over the world. The poem addresses a young boy getting his first passport, taking the boy—and the reader—on a journey through a series of countries around the globe. The poem is a powerful celebration of humanity and globalism, embodying a generosity of spirit that is inspiring, timely, and timeless. 

The evocative free verse poem was first published in Walker’s 2018 poetry collection Taking the Arrow Out of the Heart, winner of the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work. Library Journal praised the book for its “poems of love and hope” and, in a starred review, Booklist commended Walker’s “prodding wisdom of an elder suggesting that we can cope by taking comfort in beauty, friendship, and human kindness; by always expressing gratitude; and by turning inward to hold ourselves accountable for what we contribute.”

Sweet People Are Everywhere is Walker’s sixth book for children, and it explores and builds on some of the same themes as her 2007 title Why War Is Never a Good Idea; her first children’s book was Langston Hughes: American Poet (1974).



“A celebration of the goodness of people and the commonalities that connect us. Deepened and expanded by its illustrations, this is a stunning introduction to the true meaning of a global community.”— School Library Journal

"The poetic stylings of Alice Walker will convince children across the world that Sweet People Are Everywhere... Children of all ages will be able to enjoy the illustrations; the timeless images show how beautifully diverse the world is." — Seattle Book Review

"In Sweet People Are Everywhere, Alice Walker’s appreciation for the tender and expansive possibilities in human connection is beautifully rendered. Children and adults alike will be inspired to remain soft through encounters with diverse peoples and moments across continents. There’s joy in Alice Walker’s world." — Chana Ginelle Ewing, author of the bestselling book An ABC of Equality

“As always, Alice Walker points us in the direction of our humanity. Sweet People Are Everywhere is a meditation on the human spirit and, although written for children, it offers us all an invaluable opportunity to see ourselves in others.”— LeVar Burton, actor, director, educator, and host of Reading Rainbow

“Alice Walker’s lovely words take us on a journey around the world and remind us there are good people everywhere. What a wonderful addition to the shelves of multicultural literature. This is a book for little and big humans alike.” — Karen Katz, bestselling author and illustrator of The Colors of Us and My America

We are lost
if we can no longer experience
how sweet human beings can be.

Promise me never
to forget this.

Alice Walker is a distinguished author and activist who has written dozens of books, including novels, poems, essays, short stories, and children’s books. She was the first African American woman to win a Pulitzer Prize for fiction, for her novel The Color Purple, which also won the National Book Award in 1983. Walker’s other books include The Third Life of Grange Copeland, The Temple of My Familiar, and Possessing the Secret of Joy. More than fifteen million copies of her books have been sold, and her work has been translated into more than two dozen languages. As an activist, Walker focuses on issues of inequality, poverty, and social injustice

Quim Torres is an award-winning illustrator and author based in Barcelona. He has illustrated several children’s books, including the recent titles La noche más noche, Alera i Perot, How Grandpa Disappeared, Quel mari pour Jolie souris?, Contes et légendes d’Espagne, and Tant de gust senyor Calders, and he is the author of the middle grade novel Constel·lacions. He has studied art therapy and Gestalt psychology, and he teaches workshops in which drawing becomes a means of self-discovery.


Publication Date | November 2, 2021 | Trade edition

Hardcover » Smyth Sewn Binding

48 Pages

Color Illustrations Throughout

10.25 x 10.25 in.

$18.99 ($25.99 CAN)


Reading Age: 4 - 8 years

This book has been translated into the following languages:

Korean, Portuguese