Can I Touch Your Hair?

Pages: 48
Imprint: Rock the Boat

Can I Touch Your Hair?

A conversation

Charles Waters, Irene Latham

A powerful story told through linked poems which raise questions of race and identity in an honest and tangible way for younger readers.
Paperback
9781786077370 (3 Oct 2019)
RRP £7.99

The Book

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 classroom 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, this remarkable collaboration invites readers of all ages to join the dialogue by putting their own words to their experiences.

Additional Information

Pages 48
Imprint Rock the Boat

 

Reviews

‘The poems delicately demonstrate the complexity of identity and the power of communication to build friendships.'

- Publishers Weekly

‘A compelling portrait of two youngsters dancing delicately through a racial minefield.'

- J. Patrick Lewis, former US Children's Poet Laureate

‘These poems explore diversity with refreshing honesty and complexity.'

- Janet Wong, author and co-creator of The Poetry Friday Anthology series

'An unusually candid book for pre-YA kids about race and difference, allowing for the possibility of the mistakes (the word is right in the subtitle) but also a hopeful outcome as Irene and Charles find enrichment in their friendship.'

- The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

'A fresh and heartwarming take on bridging the racial divide.'

- Carole Boston Weatherford, author of Voice of Freedom

'A brave and touching portrayal worthy of sharing in classrooms across America.'

- Kirkus

'An excellent read-aloud or a launch pad for collaborative classroom writing.'

- Horn Book Magazine