I, Too, Am America

  • Title:I, Too, Am America
  • Author:Langston Hughes
    illustrated by Bryan Collier
  • Publication Date:May 2012
  • ISBN:9781442420083
  • Publisher:Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

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.

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