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Simon B. Rhymin' by Dwayne Reed

Hello, Mr. Reed! Welcome to Watch. Connect. Read. I just took a trip down memory lane on Twitter to see when we connected with each other for the first time. It looks as though it was way back in 2016 when you were finishing up your student teaching. Wow! Shortly after that I was lucky enough to visit your 5th-grade classroom. And now, here we are celebrating your awesome debut middle-grade novel, Simon B. Rhymin’ ! Congratulations!!!!!!!!! Please tell everyone about Simon Barnes. Dwayne Reed:  Simon Barnes is a kid from the Chi He wants to be a big rapper, but he’s still really shy Cuz he has a big head and he’s small for his age So, what’s on the outside makes Simon afraid But what’s on the inside, there’s something to see, Cuz he rhymes in his mind what he wants to be Gonna change the whole world, one day, you’ll see Cuz that’s Simon, The Notorious D.O.G, Woof Woof! I would love to know your reaction the first time you saw Robert Paul Jr’s wonderful cover illustration for Simon B.

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