Picture Books

I See the Rhythm

Picture book. By Toyomi Igus and Michele Wood. 2005. A lyrical voyage through 500 years of African American music, from its roots in Africa to contemporary hip-hop for ages 6+.
Themes: Art & Music

rhythmi see the rhythm is a beautifully illustrated history of African American music takes a journey through time and history, beginning with the roots of music in Africa and continuing on to contemporary hip hop. The lyrical text, paired with vibrant, colorful illustrations, departs from the traditional format of children’s books in both form and content.

Each spread—including art, lyrics, a description of the music style, and a timeline of selected historic events—captures the feel of each style of music and pays tribute to the musicians who gave the music life.

ISBN: 9780892392124 | Children’s Book Press