I, Too, Am America

9781442420083Bryan Collier has an amazing collection of picture books and this one, which illustrates Langston Hughe’s poem, I, Too, Sing America, is another mixed media beauty. 

It begins on a train, a Pullman porter serving wealthy white passengers and relegated to the kitchen to eat. The porter collects the newspapers, records and books the patrons leave behind and tosses them out to children eager for knowledge. The train takes us from the past to the present, and moving toward the future. 

In his illustrator’s note, Bryan Collier explains his symbolism more fully. This is a picture book for all ages.

About AnEducationInBooks

Wendy BooydeGraaff is the author of Salad Pie, a children's picture book published by Ripple Grove Press. Her work has been published in Emrys Journal Online, The Emerson Review, Jellyfish Review, Bending Genres, SmokeLong Quarterly and Leopardskin & Limes, and is forthcoming in NOON. Read more work at wendybooydegraaff.com or find her on Twitter @BooyTweets.
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