René Saldaña, Jr. is a poet and author who writes for children and young adults, as well as a professor of Language and Literacy at Texas Tech University. He is particularly interested in the use of diverse literature with middle and high school students.
In this interview with Colorín Colorado, he discusses and reads poems that were included in The Poetry Friday Anthology of Celebrations and talks about the books that had a significant impact on him as a young reader.
More from René
In this blog post that was widely read, René talks about the challenges for authors of color in gaining more visibility in front of educators and librarians.