Book Release Party for "Simon B. Rhymin" with Dwayne Reed

Celebrate with us as we welcome educator and author Dwayne Reed, whose 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. A bonus for local kids--the Chicago setting!  Dwayne will be joined by Chicago native Samantha Gentry, an Editor at Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, where she edits picture books, middle grade and young adult, both fiction and nonfiction. 

This program is recommended for ages 8 to adult! Register HERE!

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 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?

"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 U.S..

Event date: 

Sunday, March 7, 2021 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Event address: 

Online Crowdcast event!
Simon B. Rhymin' Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780316538978
Availability: On Our Shelves Now--Subject to Availability
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - March 2nd, 2021

A humorous and heartwarming bounce-to-the-beat underdog story about a young rapper whose rhymes help bring his community together, from America's favorite rapping teacher.

As featured on Good Morning America!


Eleven-year-old Simon Barnes dreams of becoming a world-famous rapper that everyone calls Notorious D.O.G.