What is it?

#books2beats is a community-based literacy program using a city strength, a vibrant hip-hop and rap community, to bring a love of reading to children.

Our goal is for children to Read Each Day and eliminate summer slide. Reading 4-5 books over the summer should keep children from losing reading ability over the summer. Demonstrating a community investment in reading shows children the community values them, values literacy, and sees a bright future.

#books2beats-recording raps of When I Close My Eyes does 4 things:

  1. Demonstrates a skill in the community
  2. Uses that skill to make reading fun
  3. Shows that community leaders are interested
  4. Allows all abilities of readers to participate and have fun