Love to Langston
By Esme Raji Codell
This book succeeds on so many levels. It is a perfect read-aloud for either home or school. It is a smooth timeline in verse that can easily be integrated into historical and multicultural studies. The original poems imitate the style and overriding optimism of the book’s subject, and are a good threshold into the work of Langston Hughes. But most of all, the genuineness of affection and admiration conveyed by both author and illustrator in this particular tribute will go far to stimulate discussion about how the great works of one artist can inspire great works in others. An astounding tribute to one of the world’s great poets.
Esme Raji Codell
Author, Educating Esme: Diary of a Teacher’s First Year