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    Can I Touch Your Hair?
    Poems of Race, Mistakes, and Friendship
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    ISBN-13: 978-1-5124-0442-5
    Guided Reading: U
    SRC Reading Level: TBD
    Pages: 40
    Trim Size: 7 x 10
    Dewey: 811/.6
    Reading Grade Level: 4
    Interest Grade Level: 3-6
    Ages: 8-12
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    DESCRIPTION Irene Latham, Charles Waters
    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.

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    Author's Note, Full-Color Illustrations, Original Artwork
    About the Author
    Irene Latham is the author of more than a dozen current and forthcoming works of poetry, fiction, and picture books, including Can I Touch Your Hair? Poems of Race, Mistakes, and Friendship (co-written with Charles Waters). Winner of the 2016 ILA Lee Bennett Hopkins Promising Poet Award, she became obsessed with octopuses after reading The Soul of an Octopus by Sy Montgomery. Just like Agnes, she enjoys sending—and receiving—postcards. Visit her at
    Charles Waters is a children's poet, actor, and author. His poems have appeared in various anthologies including: One Minute Till Bedtime and The National Geographic Book of Animal Poetry. Charles performs his one-person show as well as conducts poetry performance and writing workshops for elementary and middle school audiences. He lives in New York City.
    Starred Reviews
    Publishers Weekly
    "[D]elicately demonstrate[s] the complexity of identity and the power of communication to build friendships."—starred, Publishers Weekly
    Kirkus Reviews
    "A fresh approach to exploring interracial communication. . . . A brave and touching portrayal worthy of sharing in classrooms across America."—starred, Kirkus Reviews
    Other Reviews
    The Horn Book Magazine
    "Qualls and Alko's layering of print newspaper clippings over paint begs readers to take a closer look. . . . [A]n excellent read-aloud or a launch pad for collaborative classroom writing."—The Horn Book Magazine
    "Young readers searching for means to have difficult, emotional, and engaged discussions about race will find an enlightening resource in Irene and Charles' explorations."—Booklist