Monday, February 2, 2009

Celebrating Poetry with a Beat

We recently received a great new book for kids -- even grown-up kids: Hip Hop Speaks to Children: A Celebration of Poetry with a Beat, edited by Nikki Giovanni and illustrated by six different artists. The free-spirited and vibrantly illustrated book contains poetry from a diverse array of writers -- from Langston Hughes and W.E.B DuBois to Kanye West and Queen Latifah. It also includes a rendition of Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech. The book offers 51 selections from 42 poets and comes with a CD offering about 30 performances -- some of them original to the collection. This is a great book for poetry lovers of all ages.

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