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Hip Hop Speaks to Children: A Celebration of Poetry with a Beat

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A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER AND INCLUDED IN THE BOOKLIST TOP 10 ART BOOKS FOR YOUTH! Perfect for fans of A B to Jay-Z and Nikki Giovanni who are seeking modern hip hop poetry books for kids.

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
  • Common
  • 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 children of all ages to have fun while listening to poetry. Rap is poetry, right?"—Amy Bowllan, Amy Bowllan's Blog (a School Library Journal Blog)

"I highly recommend this one for all collections. If the title didn't include the word "children" it'd be an excellent book all the way to high school. My coworkers and I are already talking about doing a Hip Hop poetry story time for our elementary school kids."—Jennifer Rothschild, Biblio File blog

ISBN-13: 9781402210488

Media Type: Hardcover(Book and CD)

Publisher: Sourcebooks

Publication Date: 10-01-2008

Pages: 80

Product Dimensions: 9.50(w) x 10.70(h) x 0.50(d)

Age Range: 9 - 12 Years

Series: A Poetry Speaks Experience

National Book Award nominee, Spoken Word Grammy nominee and New York Times best-selling author Nikki Giovanni leads an advisory board comprised of leading hip hop poet Willie Perdomo, Howard University professor Tony Medina, and music specialist Michele Scott.

Table of Contents

Artist / Poet Title Track
A Tribe Called Quest Ham 'N' Eggs
Aesop Rock No Regrets
Angela Shannon First Signature
Antwone Fisher Who Will Cry for the Little Boy?
Benjamin Zephaniah For Words
Calef Brown Funky Snowman
Charles R. Smith Allow me to Introduce Myself
Claude McKay If We Must Die
Elizabeth Swados Me
Eloise Greenfield Books
Eloise Greenfield Oh, Words
Eloise Greenfield Things
Gary Soto Music for Fun and Profit
Gil Scott-Heron I think I'll Call it Morning
Gwendolyn Brooks Aloneness
Gwendolyn Brooks We Real Cool
Hope Anita Smith Audition
Ja Jahannes If We Forget
Jacqueline Woodson Hip Hop Rules the World
James Berry Taking Action
James Berry People Equal
James Weldon Johnson The Creation
Jill Scott It's Love
Kanye West Hey Mama
Langston Hughes Harlem Night Song
Langston Hughes The Negro Speaks of Rivers
Langston Hughes Dream Boogie
Langston Hughes Dream Variations
Lauryn Hill Everything is Everything
Lucille Clifton why some people be mad at me sometimes
Martin Luther King, Jr. I Have A Dream
Maya Angelou Harlem Hopscotch
Mos Def Umi Says
Nikki Giovanni Ego Tripping
Nikki Giovanni The Rosa Parks
Nikki Giovanni The Girls in the Circle
Nikki Grimes Doubtless
Oscar Brown, jr Dat Dere
Paul Laurence Dunbar We Wear the Mask
Pedro Pietri Love Poem for My People
Queen Latifah Ladies First
Ruth Forman Waitin on Summer
Sterling Brown Long Track Blues
Stetsasonic Talkin' All That Jazz
Sugarhill Gang Rapper's Delight
Tupac Shakur The Rose that Grew from Concrete
W.E.B. DuBois The Smoke King
Walter Dean Meyers Jimmy Wall, 14, Boy Evangelist
William Waring Cuney No Images
Young MC Principal's Office