Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Coming Home: From the Life of Langston Hughes” as Want to Read:
Coming Home: From the Life of Langston Hughes
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Coming Home: From the Life of Langston Hughes

4.17  ·  Rating Details ·  59 Ratings  ·  16 Reviews
Young Langston Hughes was a dreamer. He dreamed about heroes like Booker T. Washington, who was black just like him. When he heard the clackety-clack of train wheels, he dreamed about the places it had been. But most of all, he dreamed about having a happy home. And so, one day, he began turning those dreams into beautiful prose. As he did, he discovered where his home rea ...more
Paperback, 32 pages
Published February 2nd 1998 by Puffin Books (first published September 15th 1994)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Coming Home, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Coming Home

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 137)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
L13_Allison Safran
"Coming Home: From the Life of Langston Hughes" by Floyd Cooper is a beautiful book that is a wonderful combination of art, poetry, informational text, and narrative style writing.

The art in the book is absolutely stunning. Many of the colors are gold and brown, but the entire book seems to glow. In my opinion, the artist did an excellent job of capturing the emotion of Langston Hughes' life. Each page tells a story just through the artwork!

The language in the book is also very high-quality. S
Mar 09, 2014 Evan rated it liked it
Author/illustrator Floyd Cooper recounts the early life of one of America and the world's foremost writers and dreamers, James Langston Hughes. Describing his fairly lonely childhood growing up out in the Kansas countryside with his grandmother, Hughes' origins are full of black heroes who form the foundation from which he views the world.

A great read for any child or person interested in Hughes' life, I would especially recommend this book to teachers and parents of African-American youth. Lan
Mar 04, 2013 L13_brian_mihovilovich rated it it was amazing
Shelves: info-bios
This book is a great resource for studying the early life of Langston Hughes. It covers Langston's early years as a child as he tries to find his nitch in the world. His grandmother was an exceptional lady that opened his eye's to his own culture, at the same time repressing him from going out and exploring. Through different experiences as he grows up Langstan see's the world differently than others, which most likely helped him express himself in his poetry at a later time. The Illustrations o ...more
Mar 09, 2010 Ch_jank-caporale rated it really liked it
Shelves: info-bios
This is a beautiful book. The pictures and the text pay loving tribute to the life and poetry of Langston Hughes.
Hughes never had a traditional home- he lived first with his Grandmother, then with friends of his mother's who provided the only "home" he really felt a part of. Floyd Cooper uses his soft oil pastels to create a dreamlike quality to represent Hughe's dream of having a home, and uses his text to explain that Hughes found his home eventually inside himself and "his black family that
Chase Vombaur
Nov 25, 2014 Chase Vombaur rated it it was amazing
This book is an absolute beauty. The book combines beautiful art along with poetry with a narrative style of writing that makes for a brilliant book! Again the colors are stunning. the main theme seems to be a brown and gold combo but regardless of that , the book glows. The language in the book is very descriptive and compelling. This is a great book to learn about multi cultural literature and study the individuals that influenced American history.
Mar 07, 2016 Monique rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library-book
Langston Hughes was born into an influential family. However, he never felt like he lived at home. He listened to stories of his family, of heroes that looked like him, and he chronicled everything that happened around him. Hughes was a dreamer, a prolific writer and lover of hope.

Beautifully written and masterfully illustrated. Cooper was destined for greatest because he was born in Oklahoma.
Nov 30, 2010 Tara rated it it was amazing
This book was a good resource for when when learning about Langston Hughes for my PTLS. I had to teach about the Harlem Renaissance and specifically about Langston Hughes, Louis Armstrong, Babe Ruth, Charles Lindbergh, and Henry Ford. Oviously, I used this book to better my knowledge on Langston Hughes. I liked the pictures that were included and I like how easy it was to find what I wanted to find. It was written in a kid friendly way and therefore was easy to understand. I liked how it told th ...more
Savanna Grace
I've enjoyed Langston Hughes' poetry as long as I have known about him. This book tells about the life that he lived as a child. This would be a good book to introduce Langston Hughes and his writing to a class.
Cara Byrne
Dec 29, 2015 Cara Byrne rated it really liked it
A biography of James Langston Hughes, mainly told from his childhood. Cooper's illustrations are rich and gorgeous, and the story is engaging. A great read for 5-6 year olds.
Marjorie Cummings
This book tells of the life of a young Langston Hughes, his heroes, dreams and writing.
Brittany White
I fell in love with this book. Both the text and the words made me feel engaged in the life of Langston Hughes. As I was reading, I saw part of myself in his life. This connection made me think about how I can be sure that my students will be also. The illustrations were incredibly engaging and certainly kept my attention. This book will be in my classroom library forever. It will be highlighted during Black History Month and will definitely be used for a history unit.
Excellent book piognantly captures emotional life of childhood Langston through excellent illustrations. Loneliness is heartfelt. Brownish gold tones of book support an earthy feel. Power of connections to African and black American community and history through family storytelling and arts serve as positive balance to Langston's loneliness. Readers really get a sense of him as a child.
This is a good interpretation of the life of Langston Huges, poet. The book contains great illustrations. This is a great way to introduce the african-american poet.
Deborah Harris
Dec 15, 2013 Deborah Harris added it
Shelves: a1, ar-4
AR Quiz No. 58955 EN Nonfiction
Accelerated Reader Quiz Information IL: LG - BL: 4.5 - AR Pts: 0.5
Accelerated Reader Quiz Type Information AR Quiz Types: RP
Amy Rhilinger
Mar 05, 2012 Amy Rhilinger rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
Great story of the life of Langston Hughes that inspires the reader to learn more about this man and his writing.
Mar 08, 2009 Bonnie rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Sharon
Recommended to Bonnie by: Sprague Library
A children's book about the life of the talented and intelligent and humorous poet, Langston Hughes.
BookDB marked it as to-read
Sep 21, 2016
Mary Frances
Mary Frances marked it as to-read
Sep 11, 2016
Sherry Elmer
Sherry Elmer marked it as to-read
Sep 10, 2016
Sarah rated it it was amazing
Aug 12, 2016
Chris marked it as to-read
Jul 24, 2016
Megan Mabee
Megan Mabee marked it as to-read
Jul 10, 2016
Tracy rated it liked it
Aug 21, 2016
Katie added it
Jun 24, 2016
Adam added it
Jun 09, 2016
Elizabeth rated it liked it
Jun 01, 2016
Kelly Lyons
Kelly Lyons rated it it was amazing
Mar 25, 2016
Sonia Allison
Sonia Allison rated it it was amazing
Jun 17, 2016
« previous 1 3 4 5 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
Floyd Cooper received a Coretta Scott King Honor for his illustrations in Brown Honey In Broomwheat Tea and I Have Heard Of A Land. Born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Mr. Cooper received a degree in fine arts from the University of Oklahoma. In 1984 he came to New York City to pursue a career as an illustrator of books and now lives in Easton, Pennsylvania, with his wife and two sons.

From harperc
More about Floyd Cooper...

Share This Book