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

Title

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

Illustrator

Sean Qualls

Publisher

Carolrhoda Books

Publication Year

2018

ISBN

9781512404425

Pages

39 pages

Genre

realism

Format

poetry

Item Type

Fiction

Annotation

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.

Grade Level

3-5; 6-8

Lexile Measure

NP

Diversity Topics

Racial Diversity; Multiracial; Race discrimination; skin color; different races; prejudice; marginalized group of people

Main Character

female child; male child

Race/Ethnicities

Black; White

Keywords

friendship; mistakes; hair; elementary school; fifth grade; hobbies; family dinners; microaggressions; misunderstanding; family; friends

Diversity Impact

direct

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

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