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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Dwayne Reed  

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Genre: Fiction

Audience: Children;


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Illinois Connection

Reed lives and teaches in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

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.


Simon B. Rhymin

Illinois Reads Book Selection, Illinois Reading Council, 2022

Starred Review - Publishers Weekly

Speaking Engagements

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Selected Titles At Your Library

Simon B. Rhymin'
ISBN: 0316538973. OCLC Number: 1164495679

Little Brown. .

Chicago fifth-grader Simon, an aspiring rapper who lacks self-confidence, uses his rhymes to help bring his community together.