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Rap And Hip-hop: Books For Kids

Looking for a list of the best children's books about rap and hip-hop?

As you can see, this list of kids books about rap and hip-hop is a work in progress! We’re currently exploring the best books available, and we’d love your input. If you have a title you’d suggest including on our list of kids books about rap and hip-hop, please share it with us!

We’ll be featuring a variety of titles on our list, from well known classics to popular bestsellers to lesser known titles that deserve a bigger audience. We’re also including books for a range of ages, from board books for babies and toddlers, to picture books for preschool and kindergarten age kids, to chapter books for early elementary age kids.

We’d love to hear any book suggestions you have—you can comment below or email us at [email protected].

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Story of Rap
Written & illustrated by Editors of Caterpillar Books
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-2
Lay down a baby beat and learn all about the history of rap! From Grandmaster Flash to Kendrick Lamar, rap has shaped generations and brought a voice to the voiceless. Bop along with the greats in this adorable baby book that introduces little ones to the rappers that started it all! Parental Advisory: May cause toddlers to develop excessive amounts of swagger.
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When the Beat Was Born: DJ Kool Herc and the Creation of Hip Hop
Written by Laban Carrick Hill & illustrated by Theodore Taylor III
picture book
Recommend Ages: 6-10
A John Steptoe New Talent Award Winner. Before there was hip hop, there was DJ Kool Herc. On a hot day at the end of summer in 1973 Cindy Campbell threw a back-to-school party at a park in the South Bronx. Her brother, Clive Campbell, spun the records. He had a new way of playing the music to make the breaks―the musical interludes between verses―longer for dancing. He called himself DJ Kool Herc and this is When the Beat Was Born. From his childhood in Jamaica to his youth in the Bronx, Laban Carrick Hill's book tells how Kool Herc came to be a DJ, how kids in gangs stopped fighting in order to breakdance, and how the music he invented went on to define a culture and transform the world.
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Rappy and His Favorite Things
Written by Dan Gutman & illustrated by Tim Bowers
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
Rappy the Raptor’s class has to write poems about their favorite things for Poetry Week, and the best poet will win a cupcake! Will Rappy discover he’s a poet and he didn’t even know it? Beginning readers will love rapping along to this Level Two I Can Read tale as Rappy, his classmates, and even their teacher, Mrs. H, rap about everything from flying kites and pillow fights to snow days and mayonnaise! Rappy and His Favorite Things is a Level Two I Can Read book, geared for kids who read on their own but still need a little help.

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