When the Beat Was Born: DJ Cool Herc and the Creation of Hip Hop

Our Saturdays are usually as busy as weekdays, filled with sports and exercise commitments. This past Saturday was the first one in a very long time when everything was cancelled, so we found ourselves completely free. We almost didn’t know what to do with ourselves.

However, the weather was gorgeous in Brooklyn this weekend so we ended up spending a lot of time outdoors and walking around.

At one point we ended up at the central library at Grand Army Plaza. I have been itching for a bunch of new books and my 8 year old needed some new book inspiration as well.

We both came away with some good books and I want to share one in particular with you. When the Beat Was Born: DJ Cool Herc and the creation of hip hop is such a lovely picture book!

The story is well written and gives you a sense of who DJ Cool Herc was as a young teen and how he came to create hip hop. The illustrations are nice too- they’re playful and don’t feel baby-ish to my middle childhood reader.

The author’s note was very interesting too! It’s cool to see how the author came to experience hip hop for the first time.

I’m glad we found this book and we plan to purchase it for our home library.

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