Book Release Party for “Simon B. Rhymin’ ” with Dwayne Reed
Join us Sunday, March 7th at 2:00 PM for a live online broadcast, as The Book Stall welcomes educator, YouTube sensation, and author Dwayne Reed—his novel for young people, Simon B. Rhymin’, is new this week! This bounce-to-the-beat underdog story is about a young rapper whose rhymes help bring his community together. Local readers will appreciate the Chicago setting! This free virtual program is recommended for ages 8 to adult.
About the Book: Eleven-year-old Simon Barnes dreams of becoming a world-famous rapper that everyone calls Notorious D.O.G. But for now, he’s just a Chicago fifth grader who’s small for his age and afraid to use his voice. Simon prefers to lay low at school and at home, even though he’s constantly spinning rhymes in his head. But when his new teacher assigns the class an oral presentation on something that affects their community, Simon must face his fears. With some help from an unexpected ally and his neighborhood crew, will Simon gain the confidence to rap his way to an A and prove that one kid can make a difference in his ‘hood?
“Upbeat and heartfelt, Simon B. Rhymin’ is a sure-fire hit!”–Lincoln Peirce, New York Times bestselling creator of Big Nate and Max & the Midknights
“A heartwarming tale that combines Black boy joy with community connection.” — Kirkus Reviews
About the Author: Dwayne Reed is America’s favorite rapping teacher from Chicago. In 2016, the music video for his hit song, “Welcome to the 4th Grade,” went viral, and has since been viewed nearly two million times on YouTube! When he’s not writing, rapping, or teaching, Dwayne can be found presenting at educator conferences across the United States.