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Poetry for Young People: Langston Hughes (Poetry for Young People)

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Sterling proudly announces an exciting and vibrant addition to Poetry for Young People: The first African-American themed book in the series, featuring the poems of the extraordinary Langston Hughes. Edited by the two leading experts on Hughes’s work, and illustrated by the brilliant Benny Andrews, this very special volume is one to treasure forever.

A much-requested book t...more
Hardcover, 48 pages
Published April 28th 2006 by Sterling (first published January 1st 2006)
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Erin R
This collection of Langston Hughes poems uses the format of a picture book to make the poems more approachable to children. The artwork is beautiful and does a great job of illustrating aspects of the poems included. As Langston Hughes was an African American poet, many of the themes included in his poetry relate to the African American experience, including civil rights. The poems included in this particular collection cover many types, including lyrical, dramatic, and narrative poetry. This bo...more
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
I give this a 4 for text and a 1 for illustrations, which I hated. I LOVE Langston Hughes' poetry, however, especially "The Negro Speaks of Rivers", "Mother to Son", "The Dream Keeper", and "I, Too." His poetry touches my soul. Beautiful!
Love! Could read the work of Langston Hughes over and over and never tire of it. I love "I, Too", "Still Here", and of course Hughes' dream deferred. A great collection of works, illustrated brightly, for the young mind.
NS- Sarah
I liked reading two poetry books about the life of Langston Hughes. I enjoyed "Love to Langston" a bit more though. I connected with the poems in that book more so than in this one ("poetry for young people").
7-12. Liked the biographical and background information that accompanied the poems Hughes wrote.
NSAndrew Liebergen
Sterling proudly announces an exciting and vibrant addition to Poetry for Young People: The first African-American themed book in the series, featuring the poems of the extraordinary Langston Hughes. Edited by the two leading experts on Hughes’s work, and illustrated by the brilliant Benny Andrews, this very special volume is one to treasure forever.

A much-requested book that was years in the making…and well worth the wait. One of the central figures in the Harlem Renaissance—the flowering of bl...more
Nicholas Humilier
Grade/interest level: 6th-8th
Lexile: N/A
Reading level: 7.2
Genre: Poetry

Main Characters: Various Characters
Setting: Various Settings
POV: Various Point of View

This book is a collection of 26 poems written by Langston Hughes. The poems center on the African American struggle for equality in the United States. Hughes takes the reader through a plethora of pertinent African American experiences including the Harlem Renaissance, musical development, insights into both his own life and those of other...more
Rochetta G
As I glance at the cover this book, I am attracted by the people as they seem to be very focused on a mission so to speak. Poetry for Young People by Langston Hughes is a compilation book of poems that appeals to all readers and their interest. The pictures in the book seem to be folk art. The illustrator uses dark shades of the color pallet to create a since of warmth. Dark Shades of brown, blues, orange help create distinct features. In some poems, for example, “Dream Variation” the poet uses...more
Casey Mcguire
Main Characters: Langston Hughes

Grade/Interest Level: Primary/Upper
Reading Level: Lexile unknown
Genre: Poetry, Biography


This is a very interesting book because it does two things: delivers the reader with a variety of different poems and gives the history and insight of Langston Hughes. The book begins with a 4 page biography on Langston Hughes, taking emphasis on how he became such a popular and powerful poet, especially for African Americans. Besides his biography on the first 4 pages...more
Langston Hughes is known for his beautiful poetry about his African American culture. The book Poetry for Young People is no different in that it tells several stories through poetry about the life of an African American child. Not only does Hughes write the poetry in this book but there are also introductions to each poem giving a brief description of why Hughes wrote the poem. Many of the introductions tell the reader where Hughes was when he thought of the poem or about the person that inspir...more
Xiaoxiao Zhu
I praise this book! It's an African-American poetry book with author's beautiful will. A poetry in this book has a picture. It's interesting! Using a picture to show the content and motion of each poetry, and readers can get more information from this book. In this book, the author expressed his strong willing for peace, freedom, love and no racial discrimination. His hope for the world full of peace, love, freedom and no racial discrimination will happen in the future in his nice plan. The auth...more
Amanda Northrup
This is a strong collection, and includes many of Hughes's poems that I had never read before. I enjoyed the biography at the beginning as well. However - I'm not sure these poems were truly chosen with "young people" in mind. The footnotes meant to explain things are often more confusing that the words they are explaining. These poems would probably be great for high school students, but I tend to think of this series as aimed at 4-7 graders.
Mackenzie Wilson
The book Poetry for Young People: Langston Hughes edition is a wonderful poetry book for children. The book is has a selection of Langston Hughes’ poetry, richly illustrated, with notations about each poem by the editors. Langston Hughes wrote about his experiences as an African American man throughout his lifetime, as well as about African Americans’ experiences in the US. This book’s poems cover many topics including the history of slavery, African American musical traditions, political uprisi...more
Sarah Lane
This is an insightful poetry book about the language and culture of African Americans by Langston Hughes. Each poem includes a description about the poem, either from the editor or quotes from Langston Hughes. Some poems are written in dialect, or have definitions explaining words or phrases.
Grade Level: 3rd Grade and up
Andrews’ illustrations add a rich facet to Hughes’ thought-provoking poems. The characters are portrayed as bold, vibrant people—though the illustrations are not necessarily realistic in proportion or shape. The style is reminiscent of poetry and works well with the text—in that both are metaphorical in nature. Hughes’ words are beautiful and complex. His messages paint a picture in the mind of the reader/listener and give much food for thought. The words and illustr...more
Meng Zhang
The age group for this book will be upper elementary. The genre is poetry. This book is one of those in the poetry for young people series. The main character in most of the poems are the boy, who is also the reflection of the author. Main idea is African American, identity and culture. The poems in the book touch upon many aspects of life including nurturing maternal grandma, music and art, relationship, optimism, dreams, homesickness, self-identity, understanding African heritage, freedom and...more
Title: Poetry for Young People Written by David Roessel (Editor), Arnold Rampersad (Editor), Benny Andrews (Illustrator)Genre: Poetry Age Level: 8 and up Date:April 2006
This is a collection of poems by a well known poet Langston Hughes .These poems are a collection of poems about African American life and culture, The messages paint pictures in the readers minds. The words and illustrations are a perfect match. Even though Hughes poems are personal the content is very understandable and...more
This is a collection of 26 poems written by Langston Hughes. Langston Hughes’ poems reflect the culture and struggle for equal right among African Americans. The poems inspire hope in the reader, from “The Negro Speaks of Rivers” to “Words Like Freedom”. Illustrations are colorful and depict the events that are occurring in the poem that it is accompanying, such as a man playing the guitar in “The Weary Blues”. An introduction in the beginning of the book provides insight into the life of the po...more
Langston Hughes created a collection of poems that reflect the language and culture of his people and their struggle for equal rights(48 pages). Before each poem he states what the poem is about and how it reflects him. There are dialect translations on each page. The pictures resemble very vivid images that seem to come right out of his mind. There is an introduction to Langston Hughes in the front of his book. This is a nice book to introduce some African American poetry into your classes read...more
Fisal Ansari
Grades 8--YA


Langston Hughes poetry picture book about African Americans.

Included pictures of Africans and African Americans. Capturing colors.

Personal response:
Another great poetry session by Langston Hughes poem set that touch our lives and show us the reality of things about life from an African American perspective.

Curricular or programming connections:
Poetry lessons in writing about everyday experiences.
Kynshasa Mcdaniel

What happens to a dream deferred?

Does it dry up
Like a raisin in the sun?
Or fester like a sore-
And then run?
Does it stink like rotten meat?
Or crust and sugar over-
Like a syrupy sweet?

Maybe it just sags
Like a heavy load.

Or does it explode?

I enjoyed this book of poems of Langston Hughes. Although some of the poems in the book may be a little to "deep" for young children others would be great conversation starters over lunch or during small group.
Book of poems written by Langston Hughes- excellent to assist in teaching about the meaning behind his work as each poem has an explanation written to share the meaning or inspiration behind the words.
A recommend this book for advance children ( 7th to 12th grade). This is a African American themed book based on the writings of Langston Hughes. Each poem tells a story in his life or a mood he captured in his heart. The illustrations are very vibrant, bright, and colorful. They girl you a feel of African art. Very warm. They really put you in a place where you can see what your're reading. Excellent
Chii Muni
This book is a collection of 26 poems written by Langston Hughes. It also includes an introduction about Hughes’s life and his reflection about each selection. There are footnotes to explain various dialectic verbiage and historical terminology. Students will be able to apply reading strategies to improve understanding and fluency. Students will learn about various historical terminologies.
Eric Hernandez
I was never a poetry reader nor was i a poetry type of writer. It just never clicked for me and it still doesn't. Although the way Langston Hughes brings his pictures into his poetry content is interesting and i can see why children like this type of poetry. I was never introduced to a form of poetry like this as a child hence the reason why i probably am not a poetry fan.
Lucia Benzor
WOW! Not only is the poetry a great selection for kids, but the illustrations add so much to the words. Would use it in a Social Studies Harlem Renaissance lesson to analyze his poetry to learn more about what the cultural movement really was about and what message they were trying to send to the world. You need to have this book in your library!!
Ashlie Covington
Oh I enjoyed this book so much! It contains poems written by an African-American poet named Langston Hughes, who paints the picture for racial and social history of American culture. I would definitely recommend this books to childeren learning about the Harlem Renaissance movement. The poems were beautiful, and really touched my heart.
Carlos Romero
Really like this book, because it has the poems of leading African-American poet Langston Hughes who gives us a glimpse into the racial and social history of American culture. I would definitely recommend this books to anyone who is interested in learning or is teaching about the Harlem Renaissance movement.
I like this edition with 27 poems and prose by Langston Hughes. Each poem dedicated with a sentence or two on contextual information and a page of illustration by Benny Andrews.

Also some endnotes on key word like "Tom-tom" is a drum played with the hands or sticks.
Children's Literature Project
Guided Reading Level NR.
Illustrated by Benny Andrews

This book is a collection of Langston Hughes poetry. All of the themes are about African Americans. They are based off of Hughes's life experiences.

This book is great for 6th grade and black history month.
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