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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
Hardcover, 48 pages
Published April 28th 2006 by Sterling (first published January 1st 2006)
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I think Langston Hughes, Poetry for young people,is a great book to read for a variety of grades, mainly third grade and up. This poetry books is a collection of 26 poems, but starts off with a biography of Langston Hughes. Langston, was an African American poet, novelist, and playright whose African American themes made him a primary contributor to the Harlem renaissance, of the 1920's. this book takes the reader thorough many African American experiences and the struggles of race and social ju ...more
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
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
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
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
Jennifer Yoder
This collection of poems written by Langston Hughes is a great book to have in a 3rd-5th grade classroom. The poems written by Langston Hughes portray the endeavor for equal rights for African Americans. The illustrations in this book are beautiful and vibrant and are used to help the young students better understand the poems. I think this would be a great book to use during Black History Month when students are studying this topic, but I also think it’s an amazing book for any time of the year ...more
Preston Weatherbie
I thought this book was good. It is very interesting and teaches a lot about African Americans. It talks about slaves, and this book was not very hard to understand. There was only a few parts that were hard to understand. It was a good poetry book.
Natalie Mauro
This is a book of poetry featuring the poems of Langston Hughes. I think its target audience is for 3rd-4th graders and older as his poems are easy to read understand. His poems capture the African American culture during the 1920-1930's and their struggle for equal rights. The illustrations are beautiful and vibrant and really go along well with each individual poem. They add so much to the words which I think is helpful in gaining more appreciation and understanding for the poems. With each po ...more
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
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!!
Cynthia Trueworthy
This book was a new edition to my library a month ago, but has not been picked up. For some reason, poetry seems to just get glazed over in today's curriculum. In my third grade school year I remember listening to Langston Hughes and Maya Angelou and our teacher giving us a brief explanation of why their prideful words reflected their culture. When I picked up this book of Langston Hughes' biography and most memorable poems I was brought back. It inspired me to plan a coffee shop poetry night in ...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.
Charity Dobbs
The book contains different African-American figures and themes. The book is centered around Langston Hughes and the Harlem Renaissance. The poems teach different stories and themes about African Americans. The students will divide into groups of 3, and create a report on a poem from the book. The report must be presented on a poster and contain the following: Theme, Pictures that relate to the topic, Summary of the Poem, Significant Terms & definitions, and a Brief summary on a historical f ...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
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.
Rebecca Early
This book is about an African American themed book. It talks about the Harlem Renaissance in the 20's and 30's. Lots of different themes are in this book. Also talks about the struggles of race and social justice. Very moving book. Especially since this book talks about a lot of touchy issues, and are still faced with some of those reoccuring today.
Ms Threlkeld
Each poem has a brief introduction to provide readers with background information and many of the trickier vocabulary words are defined at the bottom of each poem, making this very accessible to elementary readers. Interesting illustrations and a nice variety of topics make this a wonderful resource for school libraries.
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.
Any poetry book that has me tapping my feet and mouthing the words in public is a success. While I did appreciate the introductory note for each poem to give it some context, the painting style in this children's collection of Hughes poems was not a style I personally dig.
Vanessa Wilder
This book is filled with marveoulous poems made from Langston Hughes. I remember being introduced to some of his poems when I was younger and that is when I first began to like reading poems.

Create a poem inspired by L. Hughes
This anthology features poems by Langston Hughes with subjects that mostly relate to racism and the Civil Rights Era. This would be great to introduce the history of America during this period while involving poetry into the curriculum.
Langston Hughes's poems are snapshots of what it was like to be African American during the Harlem Renaissance. However, reading them in 2015 I can appreciate how the man was also a visionary.
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
Andrew Kiley
I thought this was a good book because it told me a lot about African-Americans and how they feel about things and such. It was a little confusing, but it wasn't that hard to understand.
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