Hip Hop Speaks to Children

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Hip Hop Speaks to Children is a celebration of poetry with a beat. This new anthology from leading African-American writers and musicians focuses on the lively world of hip-hop, rap and urban poetry. Readers can immerse themselves in 51 selections from 42 poets and performers and 30 performances on the audio CD. This audio CD includes contributions from Nikki Grimes, Queen Latifah, Langston Hughes among others.

Museum Story

The Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) hosted its inaugural Hip-Hop Block Party in 2022, to celebrate the first anniversary of the release of the Smithsonian Anthology of Hip-Hop and Rap. More than 8,000 people attended in person and thousands more watched online. The event featured performances by local and national talent, presentations and activities that explored hip-hop music's origins and cultural influence for 12 hours. In 2023, the tradition returned to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Hip-Hop.


  • Hardcover
  • 72 pages
  • Color illustrations throughout
  • Ages 7 and up
  • 10.8" x 9.9"
  • Includes 1 audio CD
  • Edited by Nikki Giovanni