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    3rd October 2019
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Can I Touch Your Hair?

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. 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.

US based poets Irene Latham and Charles Waters were sort of friends when they began writing this book together. Now, after many email and text messages (and the occasional phone call), they are friends for life. They believe poetry can start conversations and change lives.

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