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Dwayne Reed

Connection to Illinois: Reed lives and teaches in Chicago.

Biography: 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

Primary Literary Genre(s): C:CHILDREN; Fiction


Selected Titles

Simon B. Rhymin'
ISBN: 0316538973 OCLC: 1164495679

Little Brown 2021

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

Simon B. Rhymin' Takes a Stand
ISBN: 0316539015 OCLC:

Little Brown 2022

When Simon B. Rhymin' and his crew notice inequality in their school and neighborhoood, they use rhymes to help bring their community together.--