Can I Touch Your Hair?|Irene Latham
Can I Touch Your Hair? : Poems of Race, Mistakes, and Friendship
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Two poets, one white and one black, explore race and childhood in this must-have collection tailored to provoke thought and conversation.

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.


  • ISBN-13: 9781512404425
  • ISBN-10: 151240442X
  • Publisher: Carolrhoda Books (R)
  • Publish Date: January 2018
  • Dimensions: 10.1 x 7.2 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.65 pounds
  • Page Count: 40
  • Reading Level: Ages 8-11