Langston Hughes published The Dream Keeper and Other Poems, his only collection of poetry specifically for young people in 1932. That book is still in print (and is one of my top 10 favorite poetry books of all time). My favorite poem from that book? Mmmm... tough choice. Maybe the title poem:
The Dream Keeper
Bring me all of your dreams,
Bring me all your
That I may wrap them
In a blue cloud-cloth
Away from the too-rough fingers
Of the world.
In recent years, several award-winning African American illustrators have selected single poems by Langston Hughes and featured them in gorgeous fully-illustrated picture books. Look for:
Hughes, Langston. 2012. I, Too, Am America. Ill. by Bryan Collier. New York: Simon & Schuster.
Hughes, Langston. 2013. Lullaby (For a Black Mother). Ill. by Sean Qualls. New York: Harcourt.
Hughes, Langston. 2009. My People. Ill. by Charles R Smith, Jr. New York: Simon & Schuster.
Hughes, Langston. 2009. The Negro Speaks of Rivers. Ill. by E. B. Lewis. New York: Disney-Hyperion.
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