The Coretta Scott King Awards were announced last week and I like many school librarians enjoy seeing which books are awarded. This year's list is special to me because one book in particular really took me back to a time in my teenage years.
“When the Beat Was Born: DJ Kool Herc and the Creation of Hip-Hop” written by Laban Carrick Hill, illustrated by Theodore Taylor III is a picture book for young readers that introduces them to rap pioneer DJ Kool Herc. Born Clive Campbell in Kingston, Jamaica is credited for launching hip-hop during the early 70's. The book describes his roots in Jamaica, how he began hosting music infused parties in his Bronx neighborhood and his influence on modern hip-hop today.
Taylor is the winner of the 2014 Coretta Scott King - John Steptoe Award for New Talent. If you would like to check out some excerpts from this award winning book, visit his website at: www.theodore3.com.
Long live hip-hop!