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Charles Waters

Charles Waters is a children’s poet, actor and author who has co-created various books with Irene Latham including Can I Touch Your Hair? Poems of Race, Mistakes and Friendship, which was named an NCTE Charlotte Huck Honor; Dictionary for a Better World: Poems, Quotes and Anecdotes from A to Z; African Town, winner of the Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction and Be a Bridge. His latest book Mascot (co-written with Traci Sorell) has won multiple awards including an American Indian Youth Literature Honor, an NPR Best Book, an NCTE Charlotte Huck Honor, and a Jane Addams Book Award Honor.  Find Charles online at

“Charles and Irene…were incredible. I learned so much in just a few days, and they were very flexible, supportive, and inspiring.”

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