Poetry for Children

Can I Touch Your Hair?
Poems of Race, Mistakes, and Friendship

ISBN: 978-1512404425

Co-written with Charles Waters
Illustrations by Sean Qualls & Selina Alko

Can I Touch Your Hair? Discussion Guide

"A fresh approach to exploring interracial communication...a brave and touching portrayal worthy of sharing in classrooms across America."

"The poems delicately demonstrate the complexity of identity and the power of communication to build friendships."
- Publisher's Weekly STARRED REVIEW

"Young readers searching for means to have difficult, emotional, and engaged discussions about race will find an enlightening resource in Irene and Charles’ explorations."
- Booklist

FRESH DELICIOUS: Poems from the
Farmers' Market

ISBN: 978-1629791036

WordSong/Boyd's Mills Press
Illustrations by Mique Moriuchi

Eureka! Award

NCTE Notable Poetry Book

Bank Street College Best Book

CYBILS finalist

"Food selection and preparation is rarely such a fun adventure."
- Booklist

"The bright, pleasant illustrations, which feature cut-paper animals, work well to enhance the atmosphere and convey the actions of the verse."
- School Library Journal

"Whimsical poems will inspire readers to play with their fruits and vegetables."
- Kirkus

"Half a dozen recipes cap off a lighthearted celebration of food at peak freshness." - Publisher's Weekly

WHEN THE SUN SHINES ON ANTARCTICA: And Other Poems about the Frozen Continent

ISBN: 978-1467752169

Millbrook Press/Lerner
WordSong/Boyd's Mills Press
Illustrations by Anna Wadham

NCTE Notable Poetry Book

Bank Street College Best Book

Silver Moonbeam Award for Poetry

"Wadham’s paintings adeptly match the whimsical and mysterious notes in Latham’s poems, making for a fascinating study of the Antarctic’s singular creatures and features." - Publisher's Weekly

"Playfulness abounds... tender, lively."
- Kirkus

"A delightful assortment of verse that is enhanced by stimulating information and charming illustrations."
- School Library Journal

"will be welcomed by classrooms combining poetry and science."
- Booklist

Dear Wandering Wildebeest: And Other Poems from the Water Hole

ISBN: 978-1-4677-1232-3

Millbrook Press/Lerner
Illustrations by Anna Wadham

SCBWI Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award Honor Book

"In DEAR WANDERING WILDEBEEST Irene Latham asks readers to 'Wander with me, meander with me...'. They will -- and they will return for more -- again and again."
- Lee Bennett Hopkins

"Latham's finely crafted verse, at once humorous and serious, dazzlingly opens the imagination to the wilds of the world."
- Kirkus Reviews / STARRED

2015 Silver Moonbeam Children's Award for Poetry

2015 Bank Street Best Children's Book

WILDEBEEST - National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) 2015 Notable Poetry Book

2014 Nerdy Book Award for Poetry

2014 CYBILS Finalist

2014 AAAS Best Children's Book

See Irene and her CAN I TOUCH YOUR HAIR? co-author Charles Waters read and perform poetry!

Explore Irene's Poetry on the web!

Recipe for a good book.

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School People: Poems

WordSong/Boyds Mills Press

This anthology celebrates all the grown-ups kids encounter at school. Includes Irene's poem "Music Teacher".

The Poetry Friday Anthology for Celebrations

Pomelo Books

The Poetry Friday Anthology for Celebrations features holiday poems for the whole year in English and Spanish.

Includes Irene's poem Let's Celebrate the Elephant for August 12, World Elephant Day.

The Poetry Friday Anthology 6-8

Pomelo Books

The Poetry Friday Anthology for Middle School: Poems for the School Year with Connections to the Common Core
(Middle School Edition, Grades 6-8)

Includes Irene's poems The World According to Climbers and Biking Along White Rim Road

The Poetry Friday Anthology K-5

Pomelo Books

The Poetry Friday Anthology (Common Core). This volume contains 218 poems for K-5 with curriculum connections for each.
(K-5 Edition)

Includes Irene's poems Summer Storm and Backpack

The Poetry Friday Anthology Science version

Pomelo Books

The Poetry Friday Anthology for Science (Grades K-5) features 218 poems by 78 award-winning and popular poets, connecting science with reading and language arts.

Includes Irene's poems Science Fair, Riddle for a Dry Day, and Riddle for a Wet Day