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

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

by Nikki Giovanni

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

Poetry can have both a rhyme and a rhythm.

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

  • Language: English
  • Category: Poetry
  • Rating: 4.29
  • Pages: 72
  • Publish Date: October 1st 2008 by Sourcebooks
  • Isbn10: 1402210485
  • Isbn13: 9781402210488

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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 many of the poems are written in the dialect of the poet is an important detail to acknowledge when students are reading this book.

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. In, Hip Hop Speaks to Children, Giovanni brings young readers into the world of poetry by making meaningful connections to their lives and cultures.

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).

I read the book first; the poetry without the CD so that I could try to get the beat of the poem.

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.

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.

(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.

This book brings poetry to life, blurring the line between poetry and rap music in an addicting way.

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 shouldnt 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), Giovannis collection is the best book of its kind for a younger readership/listenership at this time. 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. 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. Then to follow it directly up with Jacqueline Woodsons Hip Hop Rules the World, a poem that links the beat with the fact that it really IS poetry, thats keen. 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. I was a little surprised not to see any poems or raps by Sonia Sanchez in this book, truth be told. 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. Ive discussed books by this company with other librarians in the past and weve all agreed that the only problem with Sourcebooks titles are the illustrations. As rap and hip hop slowly gains acceptance into the school and reading curriculum (I dont 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.

She was editor of Fisk University's literary magazine.