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For students 13 and up.
Read student writing on diverse topics from diverse authors. Find inspiration for yourself as a reader and as a writer. And let your students be inspired by mentor texts from their peers.
In this poem, a student reflects on her origins to deconstruct social borders and seize her boundless future.
"I’m from the United States, but I’m living in two Worlds: my mother’s culture, my dad’s culture. And those cultures are a part of me and proud To be a Latina"
A poem that celebrates being Latino.
"Latino, a blooming generation of a beautiful culture With a little Sazon!"
This poem takes an honest look at two sides of the writer's culture.
"Bright blue skies, delicious aromas, laughter and cheer Behind the beauty, there is something to fear Culture embedded in us from a young age Some habits are just too hard to escape"
A smile isn't always what it seems.
"Let the days be gray Let the smiles pour Everything is okay I’ll fix up to see the sun another day"
The stunning and vulnerable poem processes feelings of loss, grief, and hope for the future.
"The rope has tied our hands Together bonded by the same Realization that we have no father I am my mother’s daughter"
This celebratory poem uses similes to list all of the things the writer loves about themself.
"My legs are smooth like clay. Hair is silky like a Milky Way."
In this poem, the author discusses their origins through metaphor.
"I am from sleep I am from the house that's just blank The hot and loud"
A list poem about a beautiful room, and a beautiful family, in both Spanish and English.
"Little cactus, peace lily flower that my mom likes"
A letter from the author, to the author, on appreciating both the unconventional and conventional parts of oneself.
"Dear me, myself, and I, I like that I am not intelligent in traditional ways"
In this poem, a student celebrates individuality.
"If I could be anything, I'd choose to be the sky"
In this public narrative, a student makes the case for creating community change by building youth centers in her neighborhood.
"I took my first steps in a small farming village in the northern part of Greece named Loudias."
In this narrative, the author uses vibrant language to explore their identity, in all its complexity, through different landscapes.
"I cannot be defined as one place, one clear image in your mind."
A student finds her wings in unexpected places in this piece about the transition to college.
"The Lancaster evening was bitter cold by my Southern California girl standards..."
This narrative calls us to see the world through the perspectives of others.
"It was like I was in a movie. A bad one. Moving slowly, hearing an echo of my dad’s voice, my body felt cold. My smile was gone."
In this essay, a student threads their identity across cultures, histories, and places, engaging with legacies of violence and the movement of people.
"They never think to ask if I’m Latina and they never guess I’m from Jamaica—speech lessons bleached out my accent long ago."
When we publish our students’ writing, something magical happens. Students see their ideas reflected in something tangible and begin to see themselves as authors with words worth reading. See the magic in action by checking out 826-published books that will feel right at home on any bookshelf.