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Irene Latham


Irene Latham

Irene Latham is a poet and novelist who writes heart-touching tales of unexpected adventure. Her latest novel DON'T FEED THE BOY is about a boy who lives at the zoo. Her debut historical novel LEAVING GEE'S BEND (Putnam, 2010) is set in Alabama during the Great Depression and was named SIBA Book Finalist, Crystal Kite Finalist and earned the 2011 Alabama Library Association Children's Book Award.

A resident of Birmingham, Alabama, since 1984, she has published poems in various books, journals and anthologies, including a full-length collection WHAT CAME BEFORE, which was named Alabama State Poetry Society's Book of the Year and earned a 2008 Independent Publisher's (IPPY) Award. Her latest book of poems THE COLOR OF LOST ROOMS won the Writer's Digest 19th Annual Book Prize for Poetry and includes poems with titles like "Why Hester Prynne Still Loves the Color Red" and "How the Sacagawea River Got Its Name." Her poems for children have appeared in Scholastic's Storyworks and Scope magazines, The Poetry Friday Anthology, compiled by Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong, and her first full-length collection DEAR WANDERING WILDEBEEST will be released by Millbrook Press/Lerner in 2014.

Irene loves exploring new places and often uses "research" as an excuse to travel. Her favorite characters in books and real life are those who have the courage to go their own way.

Irene Latham

Books by Irene Latham

Written by Charles Waters and Irene Latham with illustrations by Sean Qualls and Selina Alko - Children's 8-12, Fiction, Friendship, Poetry

Irene Latham, who is white, and Charles Waters, who is black, use this fictional setup to delve into different experiences of race in a relatable way, exploring such topics as hair, hobbies and family dinners. Accompanied by artwork from acclaimed illustrators Sean Qualls and Selina Alko, this remarkable collaboration invites readers of all ages to join the dialogue by putting their own words to their experiences.

by Irene Latham - Cookbooks, Poetry

In these vivid poems, blueberries are “flavor-filled fireworks,” cucumbers are “a fleet of green submarines in a wicker sea,” lettuce tastes like “butter and pepper and salt,” but sometimes “I crunch into a leaf the very same flavor as rain.” The unexpected, ingenious imagery and enticing artwork in this collection will inspire the imaginations of young readers, and show how poetry can be as fresh and delicious as the farmers’ market produce it celebrates.

written by Irene Latham, illustrated by Anna Wadham - Children's, Picture

Welcome wildebeest / and beetle, / Oxpecker and lion. / This water hole is yours. / It offers you oasis / beside its shrinking shores.