Speaking of dreams, I can’t forget one of my favorite poets: Langston Hughes!
Langston Hughes originally wrote the poem “That is My Dream!” many, many years ago (before I was even born). It is one of many of his poems that I’ve loved and adored over the years. I was delighted to discover this picture book of it illustrated by Daniel Miyares. And Daniel adds a whole subtext I’d never really thought of before.
Here he tells the story from the point of view of a young African-American boy who dreams of freedom. Oppression isn’t really talked about in the original poem, but … well, let’s just say that I’ll never read the line “til the white day is done” quite the same way again.
And the illustrations are gorgeous. This is like looking at a series of paintings in a museum. I chose one spread that really blew me away, but I’m not sure if it will have the same impact on you without reading it in context of the poem. Yet, I share it anyway (and the poem is linked above).
And if you’re looking for more poetry fun this month, be sure to check out the Kidlitosphere Event Roundup!