By Middle School Services Librarian José Cruz
Ukes not your style? Try these books and activities about rap and hip hop!
Check out these titles
- Hip Hop Speaks to Children: A Celebration of Poetry With a Beat by Nikki Giovanni
- When the Beat Was Born: Dj Cool Herc and the Creation of Hip Hop by Laban Carrick Hill
- The Roots of Raps: 16 Bars on the 4 Pillars of Hip Hop by Carole Boston Weatherford
Make your own beats
NAEYC has an excellent guide to understanding the value of hip hop and how to include it in lessons. Kids can create their own raps, dances, or poems about what they learned, plus you can bring tracks in for routines and so much more.
About Discovery Kits
More than 50 Discovery Kits with play-and-learn activities that encourage kids to explore nature, make art, practice coding, and even learn to play the ukulele are available for checkout at the Main Library.
To check out
- Place a hold on a Discovery Kit in the library’s catalog or browse the available kits at the Main Library in the Children’s Services Area.
- If you’ve placed a hold, wait until you receive notification that your hold is ready for pickup at the Main Library.
- Use the self-checkouts available on all three floors of the Main Library (but not in the lobby) to check out your kit.
- Enjoy the kit for up to three weeks!
- When you are done with the kit or the due date has arrived, return your kit to the Main Library.
- Kits can be returned inside the Main Library vestibule and lobby.
José is a children’s librarian with an interest In YA fiction, active storytimes, and social justice programming. He could usually be found thinking of different ways to make storytime enjoyable.