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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 Child 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! Book Details: Format: Book+CD Publication Date: 10/1/2008 Pages: 80 Reading Level: Age 8 and Up


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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 Child 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! Book Details: Format: Book+CD Publication Date: 10/1/2008 Pages: 80 Reading Level: Age 8 and Up

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

  1. 4 out of 5

    Ginger

    The best of this poetry, imho, is Hip Hop; but most of it isn't, and a lot of it isn't particularly beat driven. The performances on the accompanying CD also vary greatly in their resemblance to HipHop. I have nothing against the poetry here, some of it is quite good. But kids know what is and isn't hip hop. Hip Hop deserves respect in its own right and shouldn't be used as a shill to get kids to read poetry.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Becca Cohen

    This anthology of poems was put together by Nikki Giovanni to excite and inspire young readers to love poetry. The book includes poems from popular poets such as Langston Hughes and Maya Angelou, as well as song lyrics from Kanye West and Queen Latifah. The individual poems span a variety of themes and topics. Some are about love or family and some are more specific to the culture of the particular poet. The dialect in some of the poems follows that of the poet's background and experiences, rath This anthology of poems was put together by Nikki Giovanni to excite and inspire young readers to love poetry. The book includes poems from popular poets such as Langston Hughes and Maya Angelou, as well as song lyrics from Kanye West and Queen Latifah. The individual poems span a variety of themes and topics. Some are about love or family and some are more specific to the culture of the particular poet. The dialect in some of the poems follows that of the poet's background and experiences, rather than keeping "perfect grammar" that students are asked to use in their schoolwork. All of the poems in the anthology have a beat that is east for children to pick up on, especially when it is written about rap or R & B music, encouraging children to make the connection between poetry and the music they listen to. The illustrations in the text are incredibly detailed and beautifully drawn to go along with the poem on each page. I think this is a great book to include in any classroom library because it connects something most children love, music, with a genre of literature that students are not exposed to as frequently. If a student does not particularly enjoy reading, I believe this book of poems would still appeal to many children because of its fun, musical nature. The fact that there are poems and lyrics by popular rappers and singers in the anthology makes it that much more appealing. There is also a CD that is included with the book and it has musical renditions of some of the poems. Students can listen to the CD as they read along with the poem (or before/ after) to relate their reading and literacy work to exciting, upbeat music. I think it would make a great introduction into studying other music and looking at it from a writing/ literacy point of view. Doing this would allow a lesson on different cultures and how poetry and literature is seen in different cultures. The poems are written from a cultural perspective and I believe that most children will appreciate that they can relate to what the poet is sharing in some of the different entries. The fact that many of the poems are written in the dialect of the poet is an important detail to acknowledge when students are reading this book. In school there is such a strong focus on teaching proper grammar and spelling and I think it is important to show students that using a variation of the language is just as valuable. There is a certain beauty about expressing one's feelings in a way that is unique to that individual and I think students will realize that when reading the poems in this anthology.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jessica Sheaffer

    I read this poetry anthology on audio CD, and this is my review: Hip Hop Speaks to Children, is a compilation of poems that are written, illustrated and performed by a diverse group of writers, artists and musicians, all of who have earned notoriety for their unique contributions to their fields. Among some of the many award-winning writers are Eloise Greenfield, Maya Angelou, Langston Hughes and Martin Luther King Jr. Some of the musicians, who perform their poems are Lauryn Hill, Queen Latifah, I read this poetry anthology on audio CD, and this is my review: Hip Hop Speaks to Children, is a compilation of poems that are written, illustrated and performed by a diverse group of writers, artists and musicians, all of who have earned notoriety for their unique contributions to their fields. Among some of the many award-winning writers are Eloise Greenfield, Maya Angelou, Langston Hughes and Martin Luther King Jr. Some of the musicians, who perform their poems are Lauryn Hill, Queen Latifah, A Tribe Called Quest, and Mos Def. Six illustrators created the images for the fifty-one poems in the compilation. The illustrators’ styles are varied in style and medium. The artists use collage, printmaking, pastels, oils and computer generated images. Although the images vary, one thing they all have in common is bold color. Nikki Giovanni is the editor of, Hip Hop Speaks to Children. She has written more than twenty-four books including, Rosa, which was a New York Times Bestseller, a Caldecott Honor Book, and the winner of the Coretta Scott King Award in 2006. In, Hip Hop Speaks to Children, Giovanni brings young readers into the world of poetry by making meaningful connections to their lives and cultures. The CD that accompanies the book, features many musicians that children have heard of. Readers will be amazed to find out that the music they listen to for pleasure is poetry. This realization makes poetry (a sometimes abstract form of writing) more relatable. Students will engage more in reading and interpreting the poems’ messages in this book because they are conveyed through a popular music. Some of the many compelling themes in the poetry of, Hip Hop Speaks to Children, are freedom, love, sacrifice, hope and courage. This compilation is creative, thoughtful and inspiring.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Joe

    I spent weeks looking for quality contemporary poetry for children that was both appealing and appropriate; many childrens' collections and anthologies I encountered contained a lot of "classic" poetry that - while certainly of good quality - became difficult to read and explain to young students considering their often-dated language and cumbersome turns of phrase. "Poetry should be felt, not simply heard," I'd thought, but this is lost on many children who are still acquiring an understanding I spent weeks looking for quality contemporary poetry for children that was both appealing and appropriate; many childrens' collections and anthologies I encountered contained a lot of "classic" poetry that - while certainly of good quality - became difficult to read and explain to young students considering their often-dated language and cumbersome turns of phrase. "Poetry should be felt, not simply heard," I'd thought, but this is lost on many children who are still acquiring an understanding of the English language and may not be able to take any significant meaning away from the works of Crane and Dickinson. This was also where I had gone wrong; poetry can of course not even be "heard" by anyone silently scanning the page to themselves, be it in a classroom or at home or anywhere. It's difficult to "feel" poetry, too, when it's simply just read to you. This is about when I began paying mind to books like this one. Hip Hop Speaks to Children is a collection of performance poetry by Nikki Giovanni and others, including popular artists like Mos Def, Queen Latifah, and Kanye West (don't worry, it's squeaky-clean). Following my flop reading selected poems by Stephen Crane to grade-schoolers one week, I brought in Hip Hop Speaks to Children and "rapped" to the kids about stories and concepts they could understand and relate to - from being creative to being alone to standing up for what you believe in. Granted, you won't encounter the beautiful word-weaving of many classic poets, but that's the point - Hip Hop Speaks to Children's wide range of appeal and easy-to-access language enables listeners to really start "feeling" poetry, and - if the presenter is brave enough (if not, an audio CD of many of the original artists performing their works - some with music - is included) - for the performer to feel it, too. Hip Hop Speaks to Children is good, clean fun with a purpose.

  5. 5 out of 5

    CH13_Lisa Matthews

    Hip Hop Speaks to Children: A Celebration of Poetry with a Beat is a beautiful book. I read the book first; the poetry without the CD so that I could try to get the beat of the poem. Then I read the poem with the CD and I must say it was much better reading the poem with the CD playing giving me the beat of the poem. There are poem from carious artist and poet such as A Tribe Called Quest reading "Ham ‘N Eggs", Gary Soto reading his own poem "Music for Fun and Profit", Ms. Giovanni reading "The Hip Hop Speaks to Children: A Celebration of Poetry with a Beat is a beautiful book. I read the book first; the poetry without the CD so that I could try to get the beat of the poem. Then I read the poem with the CD and I must say it was much better reading the poem with the CD playing giving me the beat of the poem. There are poem from carious artist and poet such as A Tribe Called Quest reading "Ham ‘N Eggs", Gary Soto reading his own poem "Music for Fun and Profit", Ms. Giovanni reading "The Girls in the Circle", Kanye West reading "Hey Mama", Queen Latifah performing "From Ladies First", Mos Def – "From Umi Says", readings from Langston Hughes, Eloise Greenfield, Common, Maya Angelou, Gwendolyn Brooks, Lauryn Hill performing "Everything is Everything. The illustration a just spectacular, each one is unique as seen through the eyes of the artist. The illustrations are a perfect match to the poem it represents without taking away for the poem message. All students will love this book of poem as well as the CD. I can see the students moving and singing to the beat of the poem with the CD and in no time, the students will in a short time, learn the entire book.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Tots R

    Hip Hop Speaks to Children: A Celebration of Poetry with a Beat by Nikki Giovanni (Audio Book) This is one of the best poetry books I have seen this far. This book comes with an audio CD to allow children to listen. Music is a key factor when trying to help a child learn. I ended this book to my collection recently and I definitely have to say this book will be a keeper. This book makes reading fun and motivational. As my children listen to the sounds in the words they are bop in their head and d Hip Hop Speaks to Children: A Celebration of Poetry with a Beat by Nikki Giovanni (Audio Book) This is one of the best poetry books I have seen this far. This book comes with an audio CD to allow children to listen. Music is a key factor when trying to help a child learn. I ended this book to my collection recently and I definitely have to say this book will be a keeper. This book makes reading fun and motivational. As my children listen to the sounds in the words they are bop in their head and dancing all around the classroom. When you say the poem to the beat the kids just want to hear them over and over again. This book is recommended for children in preschool through grade 3. I am a number one believer that kids can learn through music I am music to my children site words as if it was a song and they remember the words within a day or two. So my overall review I would have to give this book a 5+ because it is well put together and a great audio book. This book is also great for children with special needs. This book also won NCBLA - Notable Children's Books in the English Language Arts (2009).

  7. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    Back in high school, probably in 1974-1975, one of my English classes was a 6 week course in Oral Interpretation; basically it was reading poetry aloud and if the poem rhymed or had rhythm we were NOT supposed to follow that, but instead read it straight. That always seemed somewhat (and occasionally) ridiculous since the rhyme and rhythm were there for a reason. Ok, I do understand that the poems shouldn't be read in a sing song style, but sometimes by reading them straight I think you miss som Back in high school, probably in 1974-1975, one of my English classes was a 6 week course in Oral Interpretation; basically it was reading poetry aloud and if the poem rhymed or had rhythm we were NOT supposed to follow that, but instead read it straight. That always seemed somewhat (and occasionally) ridiculous since the rhyme and rhythm were there for a reason. Ok, I do understand that the poems shouldn't be read in a sing song style, but sometimes by reading them straight I think you miss something. This book plus cd is a collection of poems and lyrics spanning much of the 20th century, and as the cd frequently shows, they're intended to have rhythm and rhyme. The cd is not inclusive of all the poems in the book which was somewhat disappointing, and in at least 2 cases, not even the whole poem. I think my favorite poem was "Aloneness" by Gwendolyn Brooks. Quite a number of rappers and hip hop artists were included: A Tribe Called Quest, Kanye West, Sugarhill Gang, Queen Latifah, Young MC, Jill Scott, Lauryn Hill, Tupac Shakur, and Stetsasonic. I read this for my 2016 Reading Challenge "read a collection of poetry" (Read Harder 2015).

  8. 5 out of 5

    Q_Barb

    Incredible compilation of poetry by over 40 poets and authors. Giovanni provides a lengthy history of stories told in rhythm from opera to blues to hamboning to hip hop - or poetry with a beat. A wide range of styles, eras and poets, with several dozen performances or readings on the accompanying cd, some by the poets themselves. (I got to hear Langston Hughes read his poem, "The Negro Speaks of Rivers" !!) This book can help get students into the beauty and the range of poetry. Besides the poem Incredible compilation of poetry by over 40 poets and authors. Giovanni provides a lengthy history of stories told in rhythm from opera to blues to hamboning to hip hop - or poetry with a beat. A wide range of styles, eras and poets, with several dozen performances or readings on the accompanying cd, some by the poets themselves. (I got to hear Langston Hughes read his poem, "The Negro Speaks of Rivers" !!) This book can help get students into the beauty and the range of poetry. Besides the poems themselves, there is just so much information to share. A great addition to a classroom. And there are poems that can be found for all ages. There is one on snowman younger kids would love to repeat.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Kate Chambers

    This book brings poetry to life, blurring the line between poetry and rap music in an addicting way. I purchased this book with the cd that has recordings of many of the poems being read by the poet, some with music or to a beat. The poems range in complexity- all of them are appropriate for middle school but some may be a struggle for elementary students. Beautiful, bright illustrations make it appealing from the cover on through the book. Definitely consider adding this book to your collection This book brings poetry to life, blurring the line between poetry and rap music in an addicting way. I purchased this book with the cd that has recordings of many of the poems being read by the poet, some with music or to a beat. The poems range in complexity- all of them are appropriate for middle school but some may be a struggle for elementary students. Beautiful, bright illustrations make it appealing from the cover on through the book. Definitely consider adding this book to your collection! My middle school students really enjoyed it. We used it in an informal poetry walk and then as part of a poetry jam and I plan to use it again next year.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Betsy

    Credit Sourcebooks Jabberwocky with knowing a good thing when they see it. When Poetry Speaks to Children came out it was a brilliant collection of poems for kids with an accompanying CD of poets, both alive and deceased, reading their poetry straight out. And in this day and age if you put out a book of poems for kids then it shouldn’t be that much more difficult to put out a book of hip hop and rap as well. Or, as the new collection Hip Hop Speaks to Children calls it, “poetry with a beat.” C Credit Sourcebooks Jabberwocky with knowing a good thing when they see it. When Poetry Speaks to Children came out it was a brilliant collection of poems for kids with an accompanying CD of poets, both alive and deceased, reading their poetry straight out. And in this day and age if you put out a book of poems for kids then it shouldn’t be that much more difficult to put out a book of hip hop and rap as well. Or, as the new collection Hip Hop Speaks to Children calls it, “poetry with a beat.” Collected by the eminently skilled and knowledgeable Nikki Giovanni (activist, poet, multi-award winner, etc.) the book establishes a rock solid connection for kids between the rhythms they hear on their radios and MP3 players and the poetry they encounter in books. Drawing upon both history and contemporary stars (and with an accompanying CD to boot), Giovanni’s collection is the best book of its kind for a younger readership/listenership at this time. In the introduction to this book “Stories in Rhythm”, Nikki Giovanni writes, “Thirty years ago, kids invented a new sound. They took old music, added their own new poetry, and found a way to have their creative voices heard. The Hip Hop Nation was born, sharing a courageous story of their hopes and promise with the world. And is the world evermore glad.” Right from the start Nikki Giovanni is looking parents, librarians, teachers, and other skeptical adults in the eye and saying that this is important. This matters. This is art. The introduction sweeps through the African and African-American history that led to contemporary Hip Hop. Everything from caps to the Harlem Renaissance to hamboning. Contemporary rap videos with their gold chains and loose ladies? Forget ‘em. That’s not the real stuff. The raps found in this book have history, humor, and a delicious awareness of the feel of a word. 51 poems/speeches/raps find their way into this collection with an accompanying CD of some of the hip hop, and an in-depth series of small biographies of all the performers. Watch someone page through the book and make note of their little reactions. How they offer a little “Hmft!” of surprise when they hit the Kanye West selection (a pity THAT’s not on the CD). If they’re a librarian they might coo to finally get to hear Calef Brown (an author/illustrator of whom I’m particularly fond) laying down a track to “Funky Snowman”. And certainly kids of my generation will do a double take when they get to the selection from “Rapper’s Delight”. Plucking out "selections" is how the book gets around a lot of the lines in some songs that might be seen as not entirely kid-friendly. But I don’t think there’s anyone out there who’s gonna object to “i dont mean to brag i dont mean to boast / but we like hot butter on our breakfast toast.” The beauty of the selection is how it works in contemporary names with historical ones. You might turn the page and find yourself getting down to a little Mos Def right before dwelling on some Langston Hughes. It’s not just hip hop artists or poets of the past either. There are people like contemporary poet and children’s author Charles R. Smith whole tackles his own poem “Allow Me to Introduce Myself” on the CD. And I was relieved to find that Ms. Giovanni includes a couple of her own near the end as well. The selections in here are great too. I’ve heard artist Ashley Bryan do Eloise Greenfield’s “Things” and it’s a poem that rings resoundingly in the ear. A great way to begin any collection, I can tell you. Then to follow it directly up with Jacqueline Woodson’s “Hip Hop Rules the World”, a poem that links the beat with the fact that it really IS poetry, that’s keen. Really, the pairings here can be inspired. Who else would think to put Gwendolyn Brooks’ “We Real Cool” alongside Claude McKay’s “If We Must Die”. Both discuss our mortality, one as a disregard for life and one as a full-throttle objection against death. No one has come up with a truly great Harlem Renaissance compendium for children yet, but if they did they might want to take a page out of Hip Hope Speaks to Children so as to determine which selections to choose. The selected performers are ideal and really there was only one gap that I could see. I was a little surprised not to see any poems or raps by Sonia Sanchez in this book, truth be told. Hip Hop certainly owes as much to Ms. Sanchez’s raw energy and eclectic beats as it does to any Young MC or Tribe Called Quest. Particularly when you take into account Ms. Giovanni’s history with Sanchez, it seems a funny omission in an otherwise encompassing collection. Other missing raps are fine by me. I half-wondered when picking this book up for the first time whether or not Will Smith’s “Parents Just Don’t Understand” would make the cut. Then I remembered the line about the girl in his car moving her hand slowly up his thigh and... riiiiight. One of the highpoints of any Sourcebooks’ title is the accompanying CD. The audible element to the book is integral to the enjoyment. Literature can be an entirely visual experience but poetry, rhyme, and rhythm are best enjoyed when the ears get in on the action as well. The book will say what the track selection is for each poem featured on the disc, which is ideal for both teachers and kid readers alike. I’ve discussed books by this company with other librarians in the past and we’ve all agreed that the only problem with Sourcebooks’ titles are the illustrations. They’re serviceable, no doubt. Get the job done, they do. But while the illustrators they got for this book are perfectly nice, they don’t match the text. You may be reading the sharpest minds and pens of the 20th and 20th century, but they are paired with pictures that are merely nice, not extraordinary. I don’t blame the artists necessarily because maybe this isn’t indicative of their best work. The problem is that it should be. For future publications I do hope the Sourcebooks put as much effort into the art as the poetry/raps. The pictures here are more reminiscent of an illustrated elementary school Reading textbook than a groundbreaking book for kids. As rap and hip hop slowly gains acceptance into the school and reading curriculum (I don’t think it hurts matters any that the generations that grew up with it is now teaching our children) we need more books that kids can relate to. There are high school teachers sharing Tupac’s poems with the students, which is certainly a nice enough start. But I think that it will be books like these that make the most impact in schools and at home. This is a great collection, woven together by an expert, and crafted with the best possible accompanying CD. Purchase of this book isn’t optional. It’s obligatory. And I, for one, am looking forward to more. Ages 6 and up.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Michelle Vinson

    It’s so easy to get immersed in this New York Times bestseller by one of the most prevalent African American female authors around. Award winning author, Nikki Giovanni celebrates hip hop and poetry by inviting the participation of many great artists to collaborate and contribute to this wonderful collection. This book is a page turner, as so many emotions are invoked when reading through each piece. Ms. Giovanni creates an impressive mixture of history and creativity by inviting popular artists It’s so easy to get immersed in this New York Times bestseller by one of the most prevalent African American female authors around. Award winning author, Nikki Giovanni celebrates hip hop and poetry by inviting the participation of many great artists to collaborate and contribute to this wonderful collection. This book is a page turner, as so many emotions are invoked when reading through each piece. Ms. Giovanni creates an impressive mixture of history and creativity by inviting popular artists to contribute their works as well as incorporating historical classics. I love that this book exposes children to the many aspects of poetry. If you are looking for a work of art to expose children to the diversity and magic of poetry this is certainly a book to share. The book, filled with over 50 poems, takes children on a rhythmic excursion and allows them to experience and discover the heart and passion of many great poets. A cool aspect about this work is the accompanying CD. Not only can the reader experience the poetry by reading it themselves, but selected works can be played aloud. The CD makes the book a fun and interactive experience for children. Also the illustrations are a great addition to this work. This is certainly a great book to add to your classroom or home bookshelf. This book can be read from beginning to end, or a few choice selections can be read. I attached a link of Ms. Giovanni discussing this work. It's a fun little clip, hopefully it will inspire you to go grab the book. Five stars for this one! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6TPdL...

  12. 4 out of 5

    Daniel Walsh

    Summary: Hip Hop Speaks to Children is a collection of poems which deal with a wide range of topics. Many of these topics include diversity, inclusion and acceptance, poverty, love, and family. Each poem comes with a celebrity guest reader in an effort to engage the student by the incorporation of voice inflection and emotion through reading. Personal Reflection: I like how diverse this book is. It offers dozens of topics that all children can identify with. From love, schoolwork, to inner city Summary: Hip Hop Speaks to Children is a collection of poems which deal with a wide range of topics. Many of these topics include diversity, inclusion and acceptance, poverty, love, and family. Each poem comes with a celebrity guest reader in an effort to engage the student by the incorporation of voice inflection and emotion through reading. Personal Reflection: I like how diverse this book is. It offers dozens of topics that all children can identify with. From love, schoolwork, to inner city life, bullying, and acceptance; this book offers many poems that could engage the reader at any level and on any topic. I think this would be a great poetry lesson to include all types of children and for them to understand and identify with each other. Illustrations: The illustrations, created by Kristen Baluch et. al depict the topic for each poem. Since there are so many illustrators, they put their own ideas into the illustrations. They develop a certain style which brings the style of writing to life by making hands bigger than the person to show emphasis on an action or emotion like in the poem, "Rosa Parks." They use different shades of colors to depict a certain mood when talking about a dream, in which they choose a dark background with a small shade of light, like in the poem "Love Poem for my People." Classroom Connections: For the poem called, "Rosa Parks" a lesson which could be used in the classroom would be for American History after the Civil War. It would be a good introduction to civil rights leaders and be a focal point in February for African American History Month. Students would research civil rights leaders in American History and share them with the class after being introduced to Rosa Parks in the poem. Another classroom connection would be to connect the poem, The Negro Speaks of Rivers to a science lesson on the Water Cycle. This could be done by creating a picture or diagram which shows the water cycle and different stages and which each stage means as water is transformed into a gas, liquid, or solid.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie Layton

    Hip Hop Speaks to Children is an amazing poetry book including many popular kid friendly raps. The authors included in this book include up to date people that many can relate to. This book includes poems that are short, fun, and engaging especially for those who love hip-hop. I believe this book would be best suited for anyone who enjoys music. If I were to teach with this book I would use it for students in kindergarten-fifth grade. I believe this book would be a great way to incorporate poetr Hip Hop Speaks to Children is an amazing poetry book including many popular kid friendly raps. The authors included in this book include up to date people that many can relate to. This book includes poems that are short, fun, and engaging especially for those who love hip-hop. I believe this book would be best suited for anyone who enjoys music. If I were to teach with this book I would use it for students in kindergarten-fifth grade. I believe this book would be a great way to incorporate poetry on a daily basis. Providing the students exposure to poetry can help students realize that poetry is all around us and in our world and there are many different types of poetry. If I were teaching with this book, I would provide my students the time to alter one of these raps and create their own. This was definitely a WOW book for me because it enlightened me to another form of poetry I can share with my avid music lovers. I know this book will keep a large majority of students actively engaged and interested in hearing more. I believe this story will inspire elementary aged students to create their own poetry pieces. I believe that all ages could enjoy learning and being exposed to poetry that they could relate to but I believe that upper grades 3-5 would be better to use this book with instructionally. If I were to use this book instructionally, I would allow my students to present a poem from this story with a group of peers or create their own rap. I was extremely pleased with this book because it includes beautifully written poetry as well as colorful and eye-catching illustrations.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Denise Pepe

    From the turn of the first page, I was captivated with the poems that explode with flaming thoughts, glowing visuals, and bursts of audio (Yes, there is a CD!). It is a thoughtful and significant collection of poetry gathered by Nikki Giovanni. The book provides a celebration of diversity with honest and sincere language that is relevant to children regardless of race or ethnicity. The addition of the CD allows a brief explanation of each poem before it is read by, in some cases, the authors the From the turn of the first page, I was captivated with the poems that explode with flaming thoughts, glowing visuals, and bursts of audio (Yes, there is a CD!). It is a thoughtful and significant collection of poetry gathered by Nikki Giovanni. The book provides a celebration of diversity with honest and sincere language that is relevant to children regardless of race or ethnicity. The addition of the CD allows a brief explanation of each poem before it is read by, in some cases, the authors themselves or the musicians singing the lyrics. As a future teacher, I am excited that students who struggle with reading can enjoy these prolific poems by listening to the CD independently, allowing the chance later to participate in a meaningful discussion without having to struggle through the reading. I highly recommend this book to fourth through sixth graders for both enjoyment and for academic reference. These poems send a profound message of self-love and self-motivation transferring a positive message to all youth. They are also an awesome tool to discuss social injustice. Social justice is a common theme throughout the book and these poems can easily be integrated into a social studies lesson, or used as a resource when there is conflict in the classroom. Many of the poems remind me of heart felt lyrics written from the perspective of believable authors that lived the experiences. Enjoy this book and use the selections to build a community of acceptance!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Decia

    Hip Hop Speaks to Children: A Celebration of Poetry with a Beat by Nikki Giovanni is a beautiful anthology of poems written for children seven years of age and older. It highlights the use of rhythm and vernacular in hip-hop, rap, and African-American poetry. The book is comprised of poems or raps from a variety of African American artists such as Langston Hughes, Kanye West, Eloise Greenfield and Queen Latifah. The main topics are hope, self-esteem, respect for the past, and determination to ma Hip Hop Speaks to Children: A Celebration of Poetry with a Beat by Nikki Giovanni is a beautiful anthology of poems written for children seven years of age and older. It highlights the use of rhythm and vernacular in hip-hop, rap, and African-American poetry. The book is comprised of poems or raps from a variety of African American artists such as Langston Hughes, Kanye West, Eloise Greenfield and Queen Latifah. The main topics are hope, self-esteem, respect for the past, and determination to make a better future. Music and rhythm have been used as tools for learning for ages because when words are put to a beat they are easier to remember. This is why I really enjoyed this anthology and it received such a high rating. I'm all for children learning essential life lessons like the ones mentioned above in a way that makes learning fun. While reading each poem you get into a groove, a rhythm, that you don't want to stop. It keeps the learning aspect, fresh and crisp making you want more until you've reached the last poem. Using this collection to introduce children to the world of poetry and literature is nothing short of a spectacular idea. What better way to encourage learning and a love for reading than through fun?

  16. 4 out of 5

    Kyle Sweezy

    1. This book won the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work-Poetry 2. This book is appropriate for Second Grade and higher. 3. Hip Hop Speaks to Children: A Celebration of Poetry with a Beat by Nikki Giovanni is a collection of poems with an accompanying CD from hip-hop artists and poets such as Queen Latifah, Langston Hughes, A Tribe Called Quest, and even Kanye West. The poems celebrate freedom and the urban infrastructure of the art form of hip-hop. Hit songs like Rapper's Delight and 1. This book won the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work-Poetry 2. This book is appropriate for Second Grade and higher. 3. Hip Hop Speaks to Children: A Celebration of Poetry with a Beat by Nikki Giovanni is a collection of poems with an accompanying CD from hip-hop artists and poets such as Queen Latifah, Langston Hughes, A Tribe Called Quest, and even Kanye West. The poems celebrate freedom and the urban infrastructure of the art form of hip-hop. Hit songs like Rapper's Delight and Ego Trippin are present in this book, which exposes young readers to this beautiful art form. 4. I want to start off by saying my review is inherently biased due to me being a huge hip-hop fan. Hip-hop music has always had a negative stigma for educational purposes, but I believe that African-American artists of this genre need to be represented. This book packages an educationally friendly collection of songs that children should be exposed to. 5. I would use this book in class in a variety of ways. I would have my students do a symbolism exercise in which they unpack certain motifs and themes in these poems/songs. I would also do a listening exercise in which children listen to these songs and have them attempt to make their own hip-hop song.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Megan Garrison

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Copyright- 2008 Number of Pages-72 Book format-hardcover Reading Level-3 and older GR Level- N/A Genre- Fiction Lit. Requirement- Poetry- Anthology Hip Hop Speaks to Children is a collection of poems about African American cultures. Some are about the history of African Americans, slavery, or music. All of the poems are by famous African American poets such as Langston Hughes or Maya Angelou and even famous singers and musicians such as, Kanye West, Queen Latifah, Tupac and many more. The poems are ed Copyright- 2008 Number of Pages-72 Book format-hardcover Reading Level-3 and older GR Level- N/A Genre- Fiction Lit. Requirement- Poetry- Anthology Hip Hop Speaks to Children is a collection of poems about African American cultures. Some are about the history of African Americans, slavery, or music. All of the poems are by famous African American poets such as Langston Hughes or Maya Angelou and even famous singers and musicians such as, Kanye West, Queen Latifah, Tupac and many more. The poems are edited by Nikki Giovanni and her illustrations capture each poem's message so well. It was a brilliant collection of poems showing struggles of African Americans and triumphs. The last few pages were parts of Martin Luther King Jr.'s speech. This book did not have a specific grade level but I could see it being for a wide range of children. Some of the poems are simple and rhyme, and others are longer and take more time to understand. It comes with an audio CD which can help readers understand it more by listening to it, or help them if it is harder for them to read. I really enjoyed this collection of poems and I would recommend it.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Olivia Carter

    2. Hip Hop Speaks to Children provides a lengthy history of stories told in rhythm from opera to blues to hip hop. A wide range of styles, eras and poets, with several dozen performances or readings on the accompanying cd, some by the poets themselves. 3. The theme of this book emphasizing stories of resistance and creativity during enslavement that led young people to invent their own sound in the absence of school bands and arts programs. 4. This was definitely a WOW book for me because it enlig 2. Hip Hop Speaks to Children provides a lengthy history of stories told in rhythm from opera to blues to hip hop. A wide range of styles, eras and poets, with several dozen performances or readings on the accompanying cd, some by the poets themselves. 3. The theme of this book emphasizing stories of resistance and creativity during enslavement that led young people to invent their own sound in the absence of school bands and arts programs. 4. This was definitely a WOW book for me because it enlightened me to another form of poetry. I like how diverse this book is. It offers dozens of topics that all children can identify with. From love, schoolwork, to inner-city life, bullying, and acceptance; this book offers many poems that could engage the reader at any level and on any topic. 5. I believe that all ages could enjoy learning and be exposed to poetry that they could relate to but I believe that upper grades 3-5 would be better to use this book with instructional. If I were to use this book instructional, I would allow my students to present a poem from this story with a group of peers or create their own rap.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Heather

    Hip Hop Speaks to Children a poetry collection edited by Nikki Giovanni that collects poems “with a beat” from many different poets and topics, including many famous African American poets, musicians, and celebrities including Langston Hughes, Maya Angelou, Jacqueline Woodson, Tupac Shakur, Kanye West, Mos Def, and many others. Poem topics range from familiar scenes of school age children to poems of African American life and history in the U.S. An audio CD is included with the book to listen to Hip Hop Speaks to Children a poetry collection edited by Nikki Giovanni that collects poems “with a beat” from many different poets and topics, including many famous African American poets, musicians, and celebrities including Langston Hughes, Maya Angelou, Jacqueline Woodson, Tupac Shakur, Kanye West, Mos Def, and many others. Poem topics range from familiar scenes of school age children to poems of African American life and history in the U.S. An audio CD is included with the book to listen to some of the poems and songs The illustrations are of varying styles by various illustrators from cartoonish to more realistic to heavily stylized the illustrations are influenced by the theme and emotions each separate poem is meant to convey. However what they all have in common is colorful, action filled scenes that will draw in the attention of its young readers. This book is excellent for middle and upper elementary students who would appreciate the familiar topics, variety of poetry, and colorful illustrations.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Samantha

    Hip-hop is poetry too. This is one amazing book. I never thought that I was interested in poetry. However, Giovanni shows, through her book, that hip-hop is poetry too. This book is comprised of rhymes and rhythm, in which children, especially in the urban area, may find interesting and appealing. There are great musical artists that worked with Giovanni in this book, such as Common and Lauren Hill. There are also poets that collaborated in this book as well. Not all hip-hop is bad and in this Hip-hop is poetry too. This is one amazing book. I never thought that I was interested in poetry. However, Giovanni shows, through her book, that hip-hop is poetry too. This book is comprised of rhymes and rhythm, in which children, especially in the urban area, may find interesting and appealing. There are great musical artists that worked with Giovanni in this book, such as Common and Lauren Hill. There are also poets that collaborated in this book as well. Not all hip-hop is bad and in this hip-hop (clean version) book, it takes poetry and puts it with a beat. Thus, hip-hop has evolved. The poetry in this book is displayed through colorful illustrations. The background on every page is bright and covers the entire page. Whether you read it or rap it, this is a great way to incorporate poetry into the classroom. Classic hip-hop songs are scaled down and cleaned up to give a small portion of the songs poetic vibe. Best of all, there is a cd that comes with the book.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Mollybiek

    This poetry book for children is really wonderful. It has great rhyming and free verse poems, as well as engaging and beautiful illustrations. This books comes with a CD, so students can pair lyrics and music. This would be an excellent resource for k-5 classrooms, especially for the listening center. Students can hear the rhythm of the poetry while they listen to the CD. But even without the CD, the book itself is amazing. Employing vernacular and personal experiences, this book is a great hook This poetry book for children is really wonderful. It has great rhyming and free verse poems, as well as engaging and beautiful illustrations. This books comes with a CD, so students can pair lyrics and music. This would be an excellent resource for k-5 classrooms, especially for the listening center. Students can hear the rhythm of the poetry while they listen to the CD. But even without the CD, the book itself is amazing. Employing vernacular and personal experiences, this book is a great hook for a poetry unit, as students will find it relatable and familiar (many of the poets are famous artists / rappers/ writers that students will be familiar with). This book could be used in a k-5 classroom. It would be great in the listening station for students to read along with the accompanying CD. This book could also be read aloud as part of a poetry unit. For older students, it would be a great component to a genre study on poetry, as the styles of poems in this book will likely be quite different from more traditional poems students may be used to.

  22. 4 out of 5

    RLL22017-Tammi

    Introducing poetry to a classroom of young children who think they can 'spit', 'free style' or 'congregate' a rhyme without knowing the style nor how to conform, this is the book to correct their incite. A collection of 92 poems from various poets and rappers that speak with a singing tone, narrate every other poem and rap to a beat of their own. Wow, I did not think I could free style a rhyme. Well this is just a tip of how this book flows. Included is a CD disk with the award winning poet Ms. Introducing poetry to a classroom of young children who think they can 'spit', 'free style' or 'congregate' a rhyme without knowing the style nor how to conform, this is the book to correct their incite. A collection of 92 poems from various poets and rappers that speak with a singing tone, narrate every other poem and rap to a beat of their own. Wow, I did not think I could free style a rhyme. Well this is just a tip of how this book flows. Included is a CD disk with the award winning poet Ms. Nikki Giovanni who narrates in-between sections to introduce the meaning behind a poem and/or to express someone's poem. There are other poets who speak such as Eloise Greenfield, Mos Def, Maya Angelou, Nikki Grimes and Queen Latifah to name a few. These poems consist of excitement, sadness and some with that just leave you wondering. Give it a chance to see if you can spark children's creativity. I suggest this to all ages, young and those young at heart.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Claire Straub

    This is not your average poetry book, Hip Hop Speaks to Children is an anthology of popular kid friendly raps. The authors included in this book include names like Common, Queen Latifah, and many more. This book provides selections that are light-hearted and fun to try and read with a beat. This book appeals to anyone who enjoys music, but in a classroom setting I would use it with students first grade and up. This book can be relatable to teachers too! I plan to use this book during our poetry This is not your average poetry book, Hip Hop Speaks to Children is an anthology of popular kid friendly raps. The authors included in this book include names like Common, Queen Latifah, and many more. This book provides selections that are light-hearted and fun to try and read with a beat. This book appeals to anyone who enjoys music, but in a classroom setting I would use it with students first grade and up. This book can be relatable to teachers too! I plan to use this book during our poetry unit. It is a great way to show students that poetry is not just limited to haiku or name poems. Poetry is all around us and in our world. Poetry and music help to shape our culture and also provide a sense of emotion. I would use this as a mentor text for my student poets and challenge them to come up with a rap or song of their own. This was such an amazing find in our library for me. I cannot wait to open up the pages and try my best to keep the beat of "Rappers Delight" with my students. Poetry can comes in so many shapes, sizes, emotions, and stanzas. This book was a WOW book for me because this collection really spoke to me because I am an avid music lover and dancer. I know that this book will instantly engage not only my students, but me as well!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Elda Zelkanovic

    This book is full of beautiful written poetry and verses. It is all about embracing hip hop and the nature of the rhythm and words. This book shows us why it's important to embrace different music and genres to spread strong messages that we all can relate to. Although I didn't listen to it, this picture books comes with a CD and has audio recordings of the different poems. The authors of each piece of art come with different stories as well. This would be a great story to read a poem from to st This book is full of beautiful written poetry and verses. It is all about embracing hip hop and the nature of the rhythm and words. This book shows us why it's important to embrace different music and genres to spread strong messages that we all can relate to. Although I didn't listen to it, this picture books comes with a CD and has audio recordings of the different poems. The authors of each piece of art come with different stories as well. This would be a great story to read a poem from to students from grade 3 and up!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Bonack

    I loved this book (and the accompanying CD). For one thing, I love Nikki Giovanni. I saw her speak years ago. This is a wonderful collection of poetry and hip-hop lyrics for children of all ages. From Langston Hughes to Kanye West. I chose to start the year off reading this because January 1, 2019 is the 40th anniversary of the release of the first hip-hop album, Sugarhill Gang, and I thought it was a fitting way to start the new year.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Johnathan

    Overall, this book was amazing! It wasn't completely just music style hip hop driven but more like spoken word. It is a great alternative to children just listening to music as a form of rhyming. I was extremely excited to see the implications of "hambone" on a couple of poems. I have always been intrigued by that and I'm glad this book has ways to show different historical factors to poetry in and urban/hip hop way. Very good read for parents, students, and teachers!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Lakisha

    Hip Hop Speaks to Children: A Celebration of 'Poetry with a Beat' brings poetry to life with the use of hip-hop. The poems have a rhythm and tone that can be read along to hip hop beats. The poems in this book features many elements of poetry including imagery, alliteration, figurative language, and assonance. This book can help children that listen to hip hop realize that they are already familiar with poetry and that many of those songs they listen to are poetic.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Michaela Stoffel

    A great collection of poetry that can be read out-loud to the class, but also played out-loud on the CD that is included with the book. Students would get the full experience of reading poetry by hearing it read out-loud by the poet themselves. This could be apart of a poetry unit, but you could also incorporate the arts into the book response.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Gabrielle LaGroue

    This is another great book to show poetry in a different way. This book is realtable to children with pop culture references. It doesn't have perfect grammar so it shows another version of poetry. All of the poems have a beat and make connections to music. This book shows poetry from other cultures so it opens up the discussion and look into poetry in other cultures.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Dawn Laws

    This is a poetry book full of fun, it is a compilation of poems form different poets all put in one for children to enjoy. I rated this 5/5 because of the poem choices that were put in the book and it's fun for kids to get into poetry when they can relate to them and they are fun1

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