Hip Hop Speaks to Children

Hip Hop Speaks to Children

A Celebration of Poetry With A Beat

Book - 2008
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Baker & Taylor
More than 50 poems and an accompanying CD introduce poetry with a beat.

& Taylor

Presents an illustrated collection of poetry, rhythmic prose, and hip-hop and rap lyrics for children, mostly by African American authors.

Sourcebooks Inc.
Hip Hop Speaks to Children is a celebration of poetry with a beat. Like Poetry Speaks to Children, the classic book and CD that started it all, it's meant to be the beginning of a journey of discovery.


Our consensus is Hip Hop Speaks to Children is the most essential poetry purchase to make this year.
The poetry is enough.
The illustrations are enough.
The CD is enough.
Together, this book is a treasure of which you cannot get enough.
We shall accomplish much this year. Children will be encouraged to put their words to poetry and beats. Teachers will be encouraged to allow the artists to speak to children.
—Diane Chen, School Library Journal blog "Practically Paradise"


Hip Hop Speaks to Children is a celebration of poetry with a beat.

Poetry can have both a rhyme and a rhythm. Sometimes it is obvious; sometimes it is hidden. But either way, make no mistake, poetry is as vibrant and exciting as it gets. And when you find yourself clapping your hands or tapping your feet, you know you've found poetry with a beat!

Like Poetry Speaks to Children, the New York Times Bestselling classic poetry book and CD that started it all, Hip Hop Speaks to Children is meant to be the beginning of a journey of discovery.

READ more than 50 remarkable poems and songs!

HEAR poetry's rhymes and rhythms from Queen Latifah to Gwendolyn Brooks, Langston Hughes to A Tribe Called Quest and more! * Also hear part of Martin Luther Kind's original "I Have a Dream" speech, followed by the remarkable live performance of the speech by Nikki Giovanni, Oni Lasana and Val Gray Ward. * The Hip Hop Speaks to Children CD contains more than 30 performances, either by the artists who created them, or as unique interpretations by admiring poets and artists.

DISCOVER Langston Hughes's elegant gospel "The Negro Speaks of Rivers," A Tribe Called Quest's playful "Ham 'N' Eggs," Sterling A. Brown's hard-luck "Long Track Blues," Gwendolyn Brooks's wake-up call "We Real Cool," Kanye West's lovely "Hey Mama," and Martin Luther King Jr.'s awe-inspiring "I Have a Dream."

This is a collection of rhymes and rhythms unlike any other poetry book!

Celebrate with remarkable poets, including:
Eloise Greenfield
Mos Def
Lucille Clifton
Oscar Brown Jr.
Tupac Shakur
Maya Angelou
Queen Latifah
Nikki Grimes
Walter Dean Myers
and, of course, Nikki Giovanni

Poems Include:
Ego Tripping
Rapper's Delight
The Negro Speaks of Rivers
Hey Mama
Ham 'N' Eggs
Everything Is Everything
Ladies First


"With its archival recordings of poems read by the poets themselves, [Hip Hop] reminds everyone that poetry springs from an oral tradition."
Publishers Weekly

"This is the way to get children interested in reading and loving poetry. ... A great book for both teachers and parents."
— Valerie Lewis, owner of Hicklebee's children's bookstore

"The poems, the artwork, the CD...all complement each other to create a wonderful experience."
—Becky Laney, Becky Laney's Books blog

"Love this book. I think it is a K-8 must-have for classrooms and libraries. Like I said it is packed and it may be (at first) intimidating to young readers. But, once they hear some of the audio, spend time with the illustrations, and experience some of the poetry, I think it will become a favorite."
—Franki Sibberson, A Year of Reading blog

"Hip Hop Speaks to Children is a wonderfully composed collection of poems from writers like Eloise Greenfield to late rapper and poet, Tupac Shakur. ... Whether you read poetry or you hear it in a rap song, Giovanni's genius endeavor will inspire childr

Publisher: Naperville, Ill. : Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, c2008
ISBN: 9781402210488
Branch Call Number: j 811.008 H611
Characteristics: 72 p. : col. ill. ; 28 cm. + 1 compact disc (49 min. : digital ; 4 3/4 in.)


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Mar 24, 2013

BSKing thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 5 and 15

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Mar 24, 2013

“Hip Hop Speaks to Children A Celebration of Poetry With A Beat” is a book of poetry. I would personally like to recommend this book to both parents and teachers. This would be a wonderful book for kids five to fifteen or even older. This book even comes with a CD so you could allow your child to go to sleep while listening to poetry. This would be a great and fun way to introduce your students and kids to poetry, instead of the analytical way. The illustrations are wonderful! They are very vibrant and go with each individual poem.


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Mar 24, 2013

This book about 37 poems that speak on many different topics, i.e. loneliness, life changing experiences, nature, and just life in general.


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Mar 24, 2013

"Tomorrow may never come
For you Umi
Life is not promised
Tomorrow may never show up"


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