Breaking to the Beat!

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$19.95  $18.55
Lee & Low Books
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10.7 X 8.5 X 0.6 inches | 0.9 pounds

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About the Author

Linda J. Acevedo is a New York native who was known to do the toprock and six-step at birthday parties and in her backyard. She is thrilled she gets to share this story about the origins of breaking and Hip Hop with young readers. This marks her authorial debut. You can visit her online at

Frank Morrison has illustrated numerous award-winning books, including the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor winner Little Melba and Her Big Trombone, published by Lee & Low Books. Before becoming an illustrator, Morrison was a graffiti artist and b-boy. Morrison lives with his family in Georgia. You can learn more about him at


* "A picture book ode to break dancing and the Bronx. . . Graffiti-inflected art style makes smart use of changing perspectives, crowd scenes, and dance silhouettes to showcase a triumphant story." -- Publishers Weekly, starred review

* "Acevedo and Morrison provide an engaging, gritty, urban retrospective on the role young people played in establishing break dancing and hip-hop...A wonderful story of an important artistic form that, like jazz, emerged from Black and Brown communities." -- The Horn Book, starred review

* "In this beatific tale, Acevedo serves up a fictional tale rooted in history that pays tribute to young Black and brown breakers. With text full of punchy words and phrases, the author invokes the indelible zest of hip-hop in a way that inspires. Morrison's hazy, graffiti-flavored artwork is spellbinding, with bodies etched in movement that leaps off the pages. An irresistible beat to get readers on their feet." -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review

* "The writing captures the energy and determination of the sport and the illustrations fire it up. Morrison's style is so fluid, the palette so bright and vivid, readers will feel the topic's excitement and electricity." -- School Library Journal, starred review

* "This joyous celebration of break dancing is a visual treat. Vibrant full-page illustrations pop off pages, perfectly complementing the spare but effective text. . . Bold, highly defined pictures capture the dancers' elasticity and grace in their ever-increasingly complex moves." -- Booklist, starred review

"A dazzling mix of spirited text and striking illustrations, this beautifully evokes a time period and the art it gave rise to." -- Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

Américas Award Commended Title 2024 - Consortium of Latin American Studies Programs
Best Books 2023 - Kirkus Reviews
Best Books 2023 - New York Public Library
Best Children's Books of the Year Winner 2024 - Bank Street College of Education
Denver Public Library Staff Picks for Kids 2023 - Denver Public Library
Notable Books for a Global Society Winner 2024 - International Literacy Association (ILA)