Seeing into Tomorrow

Haiku by Richard Wright

  • Interest Level: Kindergarten - Grade 4
  • Reading Level: Grade 3

A remarkable celebration of Richard Wright, poetry, and contemporary black boys at play.
From walking a dog to watching a sunset to finding a beetle, Richard Wright’s haiku puts everyday moments into focus. Now, more than fifty years after they were written, these poems continue to reflect our everyday experiences. Paired with the photo-collage artwork of Nina Crews, Seeing into Tomorrow celebrates the lives of contemporary African American boys and offers an accessible introduction to one of the most important African American writers of the twentieth century.

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Interest Level Kindergarten - Grade 4
Reading Level Grade 3
Genre Picture Books
Category Diverse Books: #OwnVoices, Diverse Books: Race & Ethnicity, Diversity
Copyright 2018
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Millbrook Press ™
Language English
Number of Pages 32
Publication Date 2018-02-01
Text Type Poetry
BISACS JNF042000, JNF041000
Dewey 811/.52
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 10.625 x 8.875
Lexile 650
Guided Reading Level R
ATOS Reading Level 2.8
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 193491
Accelerated Reader® Points 0.5
Features Awards, Bibliography/further reading, Reviewed, and Starred Reviews

Author, Illustrator: Nina Crews

Author and illustrator, Nina Crews uses collage to create distinctive picture books. Her first book, One Hot Summer Day, was published in 1995 and is still in print today. Her titles include A Girl Like Me, Seeing Into Tomorrow: Haiku by Richard Wright, The Neighborhood Mother Goose, and Below. Her work has been selected by ALA's Notable committee, the Junior Library Guild, NCTE, New York Public Library, Chicago Public Library, Bank Street College of Education, and others. She is the daughter of children's book authors and illustrators Donald Crews and Ann Jonas. Nina lives in Brooklyn, New York with her husband and son.

Author: Richard Wright


  • Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC) Choices, Winner, 2019
  • NCTE Notable Poetry Books, Winner, 2019
  • New York Public Library Best Books for Kids, Winner, 2018
  • School Library Journal Best Book, Winner, 2018



“[A] strong, simple, relatable, immersive introduction to the traditional haiku . . .”—Booklist

School Library Journal

“A must for all children’s collections. These verses are an introduction to haiku as well as an entry point into Wright’s work; they can be read aloud to younger children or enjoyed independently by older readers.”—starred, School Library Journal

Kirkus Reviews

“This loving, welcoming introduction to one of the most important American writers of the 20th century centers young black boys as supreme observers and interrogators of the natural wonders that surround them.”—starred, Kirkus Reviews

Publishers Weekly

“The clustered, overlapping photographs scatter and dissipate at the edges of the spreads, subtly reflecting the evanescence of the moments Wright describes.”—Publishers Weekly