NOW A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER AND INCLUDED IN THE BOOKLIST TOP 10 ART BOOKS FOR YOUTH!
Our consensus is Hip Hop Speaks to Children is the mo...
NOW A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER AND INCLUDED IN THE BOOKLIST TOP 10 ART BOOKS FOR YOUTH!
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:
Oscar Brown Jr.
Walter Dean Myers
and, of course, Nikki Giovanni
The Negro Speaks of Rivers
Ham 'N' Eggs
Everything Is Everything
MORE PRAISE FOR HIP HOP SPEAKS TO CHILDREN
"With its archival recordings of poems read by the poets themselves, [Hip Hop] reminds everyone that poetry springs from an oral tradition."
"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
"This is an incredibly powerful, beautiful and important book. Both the book and CD are stellar in quality and diversity. The artwork is amazing and I find myself pulling it out of the shelf over and over for just one more re-read. The grandchildren (ages 3 and 5) love it as well and ask to hear the CD while they pore over the pages and take breaks prancing around the room and singing to the beat. They KNOW all the poems in the book and learned them in a relatively short time, which I attribute to the power of the beat, and all the artists; the poets, the illustrators, the singers and spoken word artists. What an astounding thing when a book moves children so that they LEARN - quickly and enjoyably. This book is for all ages and I can't recommend it highly enough."
—Gina Ruiz, Blogcritics Magazine
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
COMMON Love Is
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
Poetry often ...
Poetry often has an internal rhythm like everyday speech does, and Hip Hop has taken that rhythm and modified it to create a modern day form of poetry, which engages younger generations and children by making poetry fun.
This book came with an audio CD, which you can use to read along with the book or skip around in the book to a variety of poems, and the CD also includes separate introductions to various pieces.
The book touts the talents of Nikki Giovanni, Gwendolyn Brooks, Eloise Greenfield, Maya Angelou, Queen Latifah, Young MC, and many others. The audio CD has poems read aloud, poems set to music, and some poems are sung. When I first started reading this book and listened to the CD at the same time, I was a bit confused because the poems on the CD were not in sequential order with the book. Then I realized that the poems on the CD have headphone designations and track numberscheck out the sample page to the right.
The beats would make any kid want to get up and dance, and I think the idea of incorporating music with the poetry will keep kids interested. It also makes it easier for children to follow along on their own, which makes this book something parents can sit with their children and work alongside them or set those kids off on their own with the book and CD in hand.
The illustrations are modern, abstract, crisp, and impressionistic and closely relate to the subject matter of each poem. Check out the page for Rappers Delight, which is a poem/song from the Sugarhill Gang.
The introduction to the poem is read by Nikki Giovanni and helps explain where the inspiration for the poem/song came from. I found that to be the most captivating introduction.
Queen Latifah makes an appearance in the book and on the audio CD as well. One of my favorites from the CD is Dat Dere by Oscar Brown, Jr., which was inspired by is "inquisitive child" asking questions about everything.
We Real Cool by Gwendolyn Brooks is read by the poet, which is followed by a live performance with Nikki Giovanni, Oni Lasana, and Val Gray Ward "hamboning" the poem. I remember the inherent sadness in this poem from middle school, and it still stirs up emotions, particularly hearing it when read aloud.
About Nikki Giovanni: (Picture at Above)
Nikki Giovanni is a world-renowned poet, writer, commentator, activist, and educator. Over the past thirty years, her outspokenness, in her writing and in lectures, has brought the eyes of the world upon her. One of the most widely-read American poets, she prides herself on being "a Black American, a daughter, a mother, a professor of English." Giovanni remains as determined and committed as ever to the fight for civil rights and equality. Always insisting on presenting the truth as she sees it, she has maintained a prominent place as a strong voice of the Black community. Her focus is on the individual, specifically, on the power one has to make a difference in oneself, and thus, in the lives of others.
Gr 4-8–This anthology highlights the use of rhythm and vernacular in hip-hop, rap, and African-American poetry. The 51 pieces–which also include a passage from Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech–use gospel rhythms, “hambone” rhythms (which Giovanni explains in her informative introduction), jazz and blues rhythms, and language from the fields and the city streets. Artists range from Langston Hughes to Kanye West, from Eloise Greenfield to Queen Latifah. Much of the subject matter focuses on hope, self-esteem, respect for the past, and determination to make a better future. A few selections are more playful, like an excerpt from “Principal’s Office” by Young MC. The accompanying CD enables readers to hear many of the pieces spoken or performed by the artists. Meanwhile, a team of five illustrators provides colorful, lively pictures that add atmosphere and personality... (the volume) will provide classroom teachers with a substantial amount of material. The fact that an important historical writer like James Weldon Johnson appears in the same book as contemporary musician Lauryn Hill may help some kids see the older writers with a fresh eye, and may also introduce today’s artists to teachers and librarians ... this is an interesting, worthwhile collection.–Lauralyn Persson, Wilmette Public Library, IL
Wow! Want a reaction from faculty members? Bring in the new Nikki Giovanni title Hip Hop Speaks to Children: A Celebration of Poetry with a Beat and see what happens… Absolutely 100% enraptured. Every teacher of English and reading wrote down information to order their own copy for their classroom… Our Consensus is Hip Hop Speaks to Children is the most essential poetry purchase to make this year…
“Poetry with a beat. That’s hip hop in a flash.” So writes editor Nikki Giovanni in an introduction that
links hip hop to grand opera and then presents a capsule history of African American vernacular music. This slamming cousin to Poetry Speaks to Children (2005) features a wide-angled selection of 51 entries, plus a CD with new or previously released recorded versions of 29, some with music. The poets range from Langston Hughes and W. E. B. Dubois to Kanye West, Mos Def, and Queen Latifah. In keeping with hip-hop tradition, many of the selections are self-referential; others take on a variety of topics from Gwendolyn Brooks’ celebration of “Aloneness” to James Berry’s inspirational “People Equal.” Calef Brown’s “Funky Snowman” is more about medium than message: “Turn up the music / with the disco beat, / when you’re in the groove, / you don’t need feet.” Similarly, on the CD, some presentations are straight readings while others evoke jazz, rap, pop, and field- or pulpit-style chanting. Though created by five illustrators, the art shares both vibrant colors and a dancing, free-spirited look that matches the general tone of the poetry. With appeal for preliterate children, their great grandparents, and every generation between, this will be fun for families to share as they get their groove on. Appended notes tell more about the contributors.
The subtitle is more descriptive of the content of this engaging book than the title. There is a wealth of material, ranging from classic poems by Langston Hughes (several of them read by Hughes on the accompanying CD), Lucille Clifton, Eloise Greenfield, Maya Angelou, Walter Dean Myers, Jacqueline Woodson and others, to modern hip-hop and rap. Martin Luther King Jr.s "I Have a Dream" speech is also included, both in the book and on the CD, with a performance in response by Giovanni and two of the advisory editors. Hope Anita Smiths recitation of her "Audition" is quiet and hauntingly beautiful. All of the poems emphasize the beat and draw on African-American tradition; they are richly and effectively illustrated by a corps of young illustrators whose biographical sketches are appended. Listening to the CD completes the experience. The variety of poetic forms and performance styles (sometimes elucidated on the CD, as well is in Giovannis introduction) makes this collection an excellent source of material not found together elsewhere. (Poetry anthology. 7-12)
We are pleased to let you know that Hip Hop Speaks to Children: A Celebration of Poetry with a Beat, is featured in ‘Best New Books for the Classroom.’
Like its companion volume, Poetry Speaks to Children, this eclectic collection is accompanied by a lively CD; the focus is on hip-hop, broadly defined as “poetry with a beat.” In practice, Giovanni’s definition yields a diverse crop of poems chiefly by African-Americans. Not all the works have a strong beat: the quiet lyricism of Hope Anita Smith has little in common with the pronounced rhythms of the Sugarhill Gang. The volume includes not only contemporary artists like Mos Def and Queen Latifah but poets from the Harlem Renaissance, W.E.B. Du Bois, Paul Laurence Dunbar and Elizabeth Swados. Even an edited version of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech is offered. Altogether, there are 51 selections from 42 poets, with about 30 performances on the CD, some original to the collection. The illustrations, by six different artists, compete for attention in a crowded design; readers may be better off availing themselves of the CD, which, with its archival recordings of poems read by the poets themselves, reminds everyone that poetry springs from an oral tradition. Ages 6–up. (Oct.)
Length: 10.5 in
Width: 9.375 in
Weight: 21.00 oz
Page Count: 80 pages