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How can Irene and Charles work together on their fifth grade poetry project? They don't know each other . . . and they're not sure they want to.

Irene Latham, who is white, and Charles Waters, who is black, use this fictional setup to delve into different experiences of race in a relatable way, exploring such topics as hair, hobbies, and family dinners. Accompanied by artwork from acclaimed illustrators Sean Qualls and Selina Alko (of The Case for Loving: The Fight for Interracial Marriage) , this remarkable collaboration invites readers of all ages to join the dialogue by putting their own words to their experiences.



About the Author

Irene Latham

Irene Latham is the author of more than a dozen current and forthcoming books, including two novels for children: Leaving Gee's Bend and Don't Feed the Boy. Winner of the 2016 ILA Lee Bennett Hopkins Promising Poet Award, her poetry books for children include Dear Wandering Wildebeest, When the Sun Shines on Antarctica, Fresh Delicious and Can I Touch Your Hair? (co-written with Charles Waters) . Irene lives in Birmingham, Alabama with her family where she does her best to "live her poem" every single day by laughing, playing the cello, and walking in the woods.

Books for Children:

LEAVING GEE'S BEND (Putnam/Penguin, 2010)

DON'T FEED THE BOY (Roaring Brook Press/Macmillan, 2012)

DEAR WANDERING WILDEBEEST: AND OTHER POEMS FROM THE WATER HOLE (Millbrook Press/Lerner, 2014)

WHEN THE SUN SHINES ON ANTARCTICA: AND OTHER POEMS ABOUT THE FROZEN CONTINENT (Millbrook Press/Lerner, 2016)

FRESH DELICIOUS: POEMS FROM THE FARMERS' MARKET (WordSong/Boyds Mills Press, 2016)

CAN I TOUCH YOUR HAIR? POEMS OF RACE, MISTAKES AND FRIENDSHIP, with Charles Waters (Lerner, 2018)

THE OCTOPUS POSTCARDS (Lerner, 2018)

FRANK & MISS FANCY (Putnam/Penguin Random House, 2018)

POP, BAM, BOOM!: EXPLODING POEMS (WordSong/ Boyds Mills Press, TBD)

THE TWELVE DAYS OF KINDNESS (Putnam/Penguin Random House, TBD)



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