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

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

Written by Charles Waters and Irene Latham with illustrations by Sean Qualls and Selina Alko

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.

Can I Touch Your Hair?: Poems of Race, Mistakes, and Friendship
Written by Charles Waters and Irene Latham with illustrations by Sean Qualls and Selina Alko