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Hip hop for kids: Akala to release debut childrens' book

AUTHOR: Akala

BAFTA AND MOBO award-winning artist Akala will be releasing his own childrens' books, illustrated by storyboard artist and illustrator Sav Akyüz.

The news was announced via Oxford University Press who will publish Akala's debut picture book, titled Hip and Hop: You Can Do Anything.

This will be the first in a series of picture books following an irresistible pair: Hip, a wise and cool hippo, and Hop, his excitable best friend. Throughout the stories they rap inspirational messages to coach readers through the early years.

Speaking on Hip and Hop: You Can Do Anything, Pete Marley, Commissioning Editor for Children’s Books at Oxford University Press, said “the connection between hip-hop and picture books is clear when you think about it. Both forms use rhythm, rhyme, and repetition to captivate and engage their audiences.

“I am grateful to have grown up with hip-hop and the inspirational messages it shares about aspiration and self-motivation," said Akala. "Hip-hop can break down barriers to reading, education and engage a more diverse readership.

Akala is a leading hip-hop artist and rapper, who was named Best Hip Hop Act at the MOBO Awards in 2006. He founded ‘The Hip Hop Shakespeare Company’ in 2009 to engage young people with Shakespeare.

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