Friday, March 11, 2016

When the Beat Was Born Interview

When the Beat Was Born Interview
by Lecroy 'Lee' Rhyanes
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This year's Texas Bluebonnet Award (TBA) winner is author Laban Carrick Hill and illustrator Theodore Taylor III for their children's book When the Beat Was Born, DJ Kool Herc and the Creation of Hip Hop.  The TBA selection committee gathers recommendations from librarians, teachers, parents, students, and other interested persons all over the state of Texas.  The voting is done by students in grades 3rd to 6th.  For the 2016 contest 152,360 Texas students voted from a list of twenty books.  When the Beat Was Born, DJ Kool Herc and the Creation of Hip Hop received 15,146 votes.

In 2015 I completed an interview we posted to our website with the Hill and Taylor which you can read by downloading the PDF link above.  Below I've included links to videos announcing the award from TBA and other interviews.

For more information on the Texas Bluebonnet Award visit:

The following announcement features Marcy Sparks, Socorro Independent School District Library Services Coordinator from El Paso and other school faculty announcing When the Beat Was Born along with a clip from Hill and Taylor: Texas Bluebonnet Award Video Announcement

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