• The Collected Poems of Langston Hughes

    By Langston Hughes; Arnold Rampersad (Editor)
    All Grades / Spanning five decades and comprising 868 poems (nearly 300 of which have never before appeared in book form), this magnificent volume is the definitive sampling of a writer who has been called the poet laureate of African America--and perhaps our greatest popular poet since Walt Whitman. 

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  • Coming Home: From the Life of Langston Hughes

    By Floyd Cooper
    Preschool - Grade 3 / The beloved Langston Hughes comes to life in a book for poets, dreamers, children and adults.

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  • I, Too, Am America

    By Langston Hughes; Bryan Collier (Illustrator)
    Preschool - Grade 3 / Caldecott Honor artist Bryan Collier uses Langston Hughes’s well-known poem as text for a visual history of Pullman railway porters, one of the first jobs that offered African-American men steady pay, dignity, and a ladder into the middle class. 

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  • Langston Hughes: An Illustrated Edition

    By Milton Meltzer; Stephen Alcorn (Illustrator)
    Grade 6 - 12 / Tells the story of a leading poet of the Harlem Renaissance during the 1920s who devoted his life to writing about the black experience in America.

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  • Langston's Train Ride

    By Robert Burleigh; Leonard Jenkins (Illustrator)
    Grades 1 - 6 / Robert Burleigh's inspiring text captures the magical moment when Langston Hughes came to believe in himself as a writer, as he first wrote "The Negro Speaks of Rivers."

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  • Lullaby (For a Black Mother): A Poem by Langston Hughes

    By Langston Hughes; Sean Qualls (Illustrator)
    Preschool - Grade 3 / “My little dark baby, / My little earth-thing, / My little love-one, / What shall I sing / For your lullaby?" With a few simple words as smooth as a song, the poet Langston Hughes celebrates the love between an African American mother and her baby.

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  • The Negro Speaks of Rivers

    By Langston Hughes; E. B. Lewis (Illustrator)
    Kindergarden - Grade 6 / Langston Hughes has long been acknowledged as the voice, and his poem, The Negro Speaks of Rivers, the song, of the Harlem Renaissance.  Although he was only seventeen when he composed it, Hughes already had the insight to capture in words the strength and courage of black people in America.

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  • Poetry for Young People: Walt Whitman

    By Walt Whitman; Jonathan Levin (Editor)
    Grade 4 and Up / This collection of 26 poems and excerpts from longer poems is prefaced by a biographical sketch and a description of the time period. Students will be impressed by the poet's daring departure from traditional metered and rhyming poetry. An outstanding introduction to Whitman's life and work.

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  • Walt Whitman [biography]

    By Catherine Reef
    Grades 5 - 9 / Catherine Reef's fascinating, in-depth biography explores the life and character of one of America's greatest poets, incorporating highlights from his writings and photographs of the poet and the America he experienced.

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  • Walt Whitman: Words for America

    By Barbara Kerley; Brian Selznick (Illustrator)
    Grade 4 and Up / An exuberant picture-book biography that focuses on Whitman's formative years and his selfless work as a Civil War nurse.

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  • When I Heard the Learn'd Astronomer

    By Walt Whitman; Loren Long (Illustrator)
    Kindergarden - Grade 4 / Walt Whitman's "When I Heard the Learn'd Astronomer" is an enduring celebration of the imagination. Here, Whitman's wise words are beautifully recast by best-selling illustrator Loren Long to tell the story of a boy's fascination with the heavens.

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