I, Too, Am America

by Langston Hughes
Illustrator Bryan Collier

Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers | May 22, 2012 | Picture Books |

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Winner of the Coretta Scott King illustrator award, I, Too, Am America blends the poetic wisdom of Langston Hughes with visionary illustrations from Bryan Collier in this inspirational picture book that carries the promise of equality.


I, too, sing America.
I am the darker brother.
They send me to eat in the kitchen
When company comes,
But I laugh,
And eat well,
And grow strong.


Langston Hughes was a courageous voice of his time, and his authentic call for equality still rings true today. Beautiful paintings from Barack Obama illustrator Bryan Collier accompany and reinvent the celebrated lines of the poem "I, Too," creating a breathtaking reminder to all Americans that we are united despite our differences.

This picture book of Langston Hughes's celebrated poem, "I, Too, Am America," is also a Common Core Text Exemplar for Poetry.

Format: Picture Books

Dimensions: 40 Pages, 8.66 × 10.63 × 0.39 in

Published: May 22, 2012

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1442420081

ISBN - 13: 9781442420083

Appropriate for ages: 4

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I, Too, Am America

I, Too, Am America

by Langston Hughes
Illustrator Bryan Collier

Format: Picture Books

Dimensions: 40 Pages, 8.66 × 10.63 × 0.39 in

Published: May 22, 2012

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1442420081

ISBN - 13: 9781442420083

About the Book

"I, too, sing America.

I am the darker brother.

They send me to eat in the kitchen

When company comes,

But I laugh,

And eat well,

And grow strong."

Langston Hughes poem fighting segregation and discrimination is coupled with award winning illustrator Bryan Collier's beautiful paintings. As far as we have come, Hughes call for equality is still necessary today. It is an important reminder that as Americans we are bond by how we are different just as much as how we are the same.

From the Publisher

Winner of the Coretta Scott King illustrator award, I, Too, Am America blends the poetic wisdom of Langston Hughes with visionary illustrations from Bryan Collier in this inspirational picture book that carries the promise of equality.


I, too, sing America.
I am the darker brother.
They send me to eat in the kitchen
When company comes,
But I laugh,
And eat well,
And grow strong.


Langston Hughes was a courageous voice of his time, and his authentic call for equality still rings true today. Beautiful paintings from Barack Obama illustrator Bryan Collier accompany and reinvent the celebrated lines of the poem "I, Too," creating a breathtaking reminder to all Americans that we are united despite our differences.

This picture book of Langston Hughes's celebrated poem, "I, Too, Am America," is also a Common Core Text Exemplar for Poetry.

About the Author

Bryan Collier is the author and illustrator of the Coretta Scott King Award-winning book Uptown. He has also illustrated Martin's Big Words, which was also a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor book; Rosa, which received the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award; Dave the Potter, for which he won the Caldecott Honor; Your Moon, My Moon; and the #1 New York Times bestselling Barack Obama. Mr. Collier lives in New York.

Editorial Reviews

I, Too, Am America.
Hughes, Langston (Author) , Collier, Bryan (Illustrator)
May 2012. 40 p. Simon & Schuster, hardcover, $16.99. (9781442420083). 811.

A celebration of Pullman porters is the focus of this new picture-book edition of Langston Hughes' classic poem. The collage spreads, blending oil paintings and cut paper, begin with an image of a speeding train before moving on to large portraits of African American porters serving white passengers aboard a luxury train. When the passengers leave, the porters gather left-behind items-newspapers, blues and jazz albums-and toss them from the train. Carried by the wind, the words and music fall into the hands of African Americans across the country. The final, contemporary pages show young black people celebrating their place in America and dreaming of a bright future. Collier's long final note explains his interpretation of the poem, and with adult help, kids can look closely at what the pictures show about the porters then and now as well as Collier's visual themes, including the recurring use of stars and stripes, which culminate in a beautiful, final close-up of a boy with his mother staring through a train window today at the starry city sky.

--Booklist, April 1, 2012

Appropriate for ages: 4

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