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Poetry for Young People: Langston Hughes

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4.33  ·  Rating details ·  606 ratings  ·  135 reviews
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
Hardcover, 48 pages
Published April 28th 2006 by Sterling (first published January 1st 2006)
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Winter Sophia Rose
May 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Fascinating, Descriptive & Inspiring! An Amazing Read! I Loved It!
Dec 05, 2017 rated it liked it
An awful lot of 'dreams.' I do already appreciate many of Hughes' poems, but I'm not sure we got a fair sampling here. And the art is not to my taste. I certainly hope that this isn't the single 'token Black' entry in the series.

Even though the poems are pretty easy to understand, this entry in the series does include individual prefatory notes. The usual biography, however, seemed a a little bland to me, and I didn't feel that I got to know the man at all. Definitely worth getting/reading if y
Andrew Kiley
Apr 29, 2015 rated it liked it
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.
Adam Jasion
Nov 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Poetry for Young People: Langston Hughes is a beautifully illustrated collection of poems that are all hand-picked by the editors to introduce younger children to the best that Hughes has to offer. Poems such as "I, Too", "Theme for English B", "Harlem" (my personal favorite), and "Drums" leap off the page with Benny Andrew's colorful, vibrant illustrations. Hughes excels at incorporating the music, language, and culture of African-American people into his poetry were you can feel the beat of th ...more
"Merry-go-round" and "Youth" are two of the poems which really sing to me and connect to this poet's childhood home of Lawrence, Kansas. "Merry-go-round" uses irony to inspire a richer understanding of the painful feelings experienced from Jim Crow segregation.
Where is the Jim Crow section
On this merry-go-round,
Mister, cause I want to ride?
Down South where I come from
White and colored
Can't sit side by side.
Down South on the train
There's a Jim Crow car.
On the bus we're put
Ruut DeMeo
Another volume in the "Poetry for Young People" series, this collection of Langston Hughes' selected poems won the Loretta Scott King Award for its beautiful illustrations by Benny Andrews, and is intended for readers ages 9 and older.

The words of Langston Hughes take you on a musical journey. It is impossible to separate his poems from the heavy cultural achievement they carry, but it does take a true artist to whisk you away with effortless cadence, so you forget who or what it is you are rea
ACS Librarian
A nice little collection of Langston Hughes' poems. Nice illustrations for each poem.
NSAndrew Liebergen
Nov 19, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
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
Mar 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 11, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Poetry for young people: Langston hughes was a really fun book to read because it was all just poems that Langston hughes wrote. I really liked all of the poems because they were really interesting and also powerful. That is why I really liked Langston hughes poems. The one that I liked the best was the poem called Mother to Son because it inspired me never to give up because of what the poem says, " life for me ain't been no crystal stairs.", "So boy, don't you turn your back.", " Don't you set ...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
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!!
Nov 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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.
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!
Preston Weatherbie
May 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
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.
NS- Sarah
Nov 20, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: poetry
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").
Jul 04, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: african-american
7-12. Liked the biographical and background information that accompanied the poems Hughes wrote.
Megan Garrison
Mar 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Copyright- 2006
Number of Pages-48
Book format-hardcover
Reading Level- 3-5, 6-8 GR Level- Z
Genre- Non-Fiction
Lit. Requirement- Poetry -1 Poetry Collection

This is a collection of many of Langston Hughes's poems. There is a short biography in the beginning about Hughes and explains the reasons for some of his poems with direct quotes for Langston Hughes or a background. The book was illustrated by Benny Andrews but he did a great job in telling a story with the poems. The pictures stood out and were
Jun 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
I am usually not one for poetry, but these anthologized poems edited by David Roessel and Arnold Rampersad are amazing! First, I enjoyed that this book included a thorough introduction (4 pages) about Langston Hughes. I think it's important to know his background before reading his poetry. While Langston Hughes was one of the most iconic African American poets of his time and he shares his love of African-American music traditions into his poetry. His poetry beautifully shares his perceptions on ...more
Apr 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: etec545class5
Poetry for Young People
Hughes, Langston. Poetry for Young People (1994). Children’s Poetry Anthology. This anthology of poems by Langston Hughes houses some of Hughes’ most famous poems including “The Dream keeper” and “Youth.” Before I criticize the poems themselves I will focus on the format of the book. The collection accompanies each of Langston’s poems with a beautifully illustrated rendition of the poem by Benny Andrews, and a critical introduction by David Roessel. Each poem begins with R
Alyssa Fay
Dec 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
2. Appropriate grade level(s): 3-6
3. This book offers a detailed introduction and biography of poet Langston Hughes along with annotations and useful vocabulary within each of the 26 poems captured in the text. The illustrations only enhance the words of Hughes, adding an extra element for the readers to enjoy and unpack. The poems featured are some of the most loved and critically acclaimed works from Hughes.
4. This book h
Nava Rubinstein
Apr 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
Awards: N/A
Grade level: 6th
Summary: This book in the series of "Poetry for young people" boasts A selection of poems by Langston Hughes that communicate important messages about individuals in the black community. The topics of these poems include stories from the perspective of his grandmother, the struggles of post-slavery America and the beauty of the art and traditions practiced by African-American people.
Review: The selection of poems provided in this book are perfect for the understanding
Jul 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Poetry for Young People: Langston Hughes, by Langston Hughes is a collection of poetry specifically designed for children ages eight and up. Langston Hughes is a well known African American poet whose talent is immeasurable to say the least. The illustrations capture the poems' tones just as perfectly as Langston Hughes writes them. Readers will come away with a clear sense of Hughes’s influences because of the art displayed throughout the collection. Each poem makes readers aware of the life of ...more
Heather Shembarger
May 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a great book for exposing readers to 26 of Langston Hughes' best works of poetry. The introduction also provides a 4 page mini-biography of Hughes. Hughes wrote in a way that communicated the struggles of the African American, but yet, he did this in ways that was mostly non-confrontational. He chose to tell his African American poems through the eyes of a little child, a young man, an Aunt, and a mother to name just a few. In this way, he is able to offer many different perspectives but ...more
Feb 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is a poetry book of African people or emotions by Langston Hughes. This book have poets describing someone individually or their emotions, feelings or a hobby that African people love doing or have gone through. Fo example there are poems about "Dreams Variations", "Home sick Blues""Afro- American Fragment", and more.
he literary of this book was very simple there were only a few big words but common big words. Hughs would really go into depth of how he describes someone or something
Savannah Martin
Feb 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry-books
I feel like this book is amazing and one that should be read in classes. If I were to incorporate this into my lesson I would focus it on Langston Hughes himself and then look at his work. This book has a lot of different themes and I really liked how it had a description at the top of each page referring to Hughes thoughts. This was really helpful when we are trying to figure out where his passion or thoughts had come from before he wrote all these poems. Another key aspect of this book is the ...more
Sep 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book can be classified as both poetry and informational. It is a book of information about Langston Hughes and his life/work before and during the civil rights movement. This book would be good for students in 3rd grade through 7th grade. It is a relatively easy read, but deals with big and complex topics. Younger grades would need more reading aloud and instruction to work with the book, but it is still an option.
One unique feature that this book has is a biography of Langston Hughes' lif
Apr 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
Title: Langston Hughes
Award: none
Appropriate grade levels: 3rd grade - 5th grade
Summary: This book is comprised of more than 20 Langston Hughes poems.
Review: I would give this book a 5, I found his poems to be interesting, I think for students who can read at a higher level, this would be a good book for them to learn about poems.
Possible in class uses: This book can be used when talking about the Harlem renaissances, another use is when talking about black culture.
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Langston Hughes was an American poet, social activist, novelist, playwright, short story writer, and columnist. He was one of the earliest innovators of the then-new literary art form jazz poetry. Hughes is best known for his work during the Harlem Renaissance. He famously wrote about the period that "Harlem was in vogue."

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