Title: SIMON B. RHYMIN’
Author: Dwayne Reed
Pub. Date: March 2, 2021
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Formats: Hardcover, eBook, Audiobook
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Simon B. Rhymin’ is an uplifting middle grade story from renown educator Dwayne Reed. The titular rhymin’ Simon is a fifth grader in Chicago who finds himself going on two interconnected journeys that ultimately help him learn to speak up for himself as well as those in his community. It’s a powerful tale perfect for middle grade audiences that is both relatable and inspiring.
Of course, Simon doesn’t start out to be inspiring. At the start of his fifth grade year he’s just hoping to grow a few inches and establish himself as the aspiring rapper, Notorious D.O.G. But his new teacher isn’t your ordinary fifth grade teacher and on the first day of school he challenges everyone to prepare oral presentations on a topic that matters to them. Despite dreaming of being a rapper someday, Simon isn’t exactly thrilled about the idea of public speaking nor does he really know what he should do his presentation on until he notices an issue effecting some of the people in his own neighborhood: homelessness.
Simon – with the help of his family, friends, and the other people in his community – starts to learn more about the issues surrounding the homeless population. At the same time, he works on his own self confidence and finding that voice he’ll need to speak up for the people and issues he comes to cares about.
Clever and creative, Simon makes his way through the day by rapping to himself and the book is full of his rhyming inner monologues. Young readers are going love Simon and they will undoubtedly relate to him – especially his uneasiness about public speaking! He’s also just such an inspiring young man who shows that even eleven year olds can make a difference in their community.
Simon B. Rhymin’ is an excellent, uplifting read that kids are bound to love!
About the Book
A humorous and heartwarming bounce-to-the-beat underdog story about a young rapper whose rhymes help bring his community together.
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 spitting 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?
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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 U.S., or loving on his beautiful wife, Simone.
As a viral sensation, Reed spreads his message of inspiration and empowerment that reaches a weekly audience of more than 50,000 followers, subscribers, readers, listeners, and fans. Each month, hundreds of new and aspiring teachers attend his engaging live seminars and rousing, interactive workshops, to experience the thrill of teaching.
As an avid philanthropist, Reed has partnered with other iconic brands that include 3M, Old Navy, and Arby’s to celebrate educators and raise awareness of youth issues. Mr. Reed also supports countless youth charities, after-school programs, and educational nonprofits dedicated to student-centered learning and academic achievement. We invite you to visit him on Twitter at @TeachMrReed and at www.facebook.com/TeachMrReed.
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