Can I Touch Your Hair?: Poems of Race, Mistakes, and Friendship

A powerful story told through linked poems which raise questions of race and identity in an honest and tangible way for younger readers. 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.

 

By Irene Latham & Charles Waters

Can I Touch Your Hair?: Poems of Race, Mistakes, and Friendship

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