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Children's Fiction Poetry (see Also Stories In Verse)

Welcome to the Cypher

by (author) Khodi Dill

illustrated by Awuradwoa Afful

Publisher
Annick Press
Initial publish date
Oct 2021
Category
Poetry (see also Stories in Verse), Music, Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance
  • Hardback

    ISBN
    9781773215631
    Publish Date
    Oct 2021
    List Price
    $21.95
  • eBook

    ISBN
    9781773215655
    Publish Date
    Oct 2021
    List Price
    $12.99

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 4 to 7
  • Grade: p to 2
  • Reading age: 4 to 7

Description

Words burn bright in this joyful celebration of rap, creativity, and self-expression.

“Welcome to the cypher!

Now huddle up nice and snug.

You feel that circle around you?

Well, that’s a hip hop hug!” 

Starting with beatboxes and fingersnaps, an exuberant narrator introduces kids in his community to the powerful possibilities of rap, from turning “a simple phrase/into imagery that soars” to proclaiming, “this is a voice that represents me!” As Khodi Dill’s rhymes heat up, the diverse crew of kids—illustrated in Awuradwoa Afful’s bold, energetic style—gain self-confidence and a sense of freedom in this wonderful picture book debut that is perfect for reading aloud. 

About the authors

KHODI DILL is a Bahamian-Canadian writer of everything from rap songs to children’s literature. He is a practicing anti-racist educator with a passion for social justice and the arts. Khodi is a proud father and partner who lives and writes in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

Khodi Dill's profile page

AWURADWOA AFFUL is a Ghanaian-Canadian designer, illustrator, and animator. She was born and raised in Toronto, Ontario.

Awuradwoa Afful's profile page

Editorial Reviews

“A fun read-aloud and a safe introduction to hip-hop as a pathway to healthy child development.” 

Kirkus Reviews, 07/27/21