Simon B. Rhymin' Takes a Stand


By Dwayne Reed

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$11.99 CAD

This humorous and heartwarming sequel to Simon B. Rhymin’ follows a young rapper navigating the inequality and injustice within his school and community.

Eleven-year-old Simon and his friends are disappointed with the lack of funding at Booker T. Washington School—there’s no AC, only one space for school activities, and the money for extracurricular programs is getting cut.

Desperate to save Maria’s beloved debate team, the crew start a petition to grab the attention of the local community and show they deserve to have the same opportunities as everyone else.

But when news of the petition reaches the school board, Simon must face his fears once again. Can he use his rhymes to take a stand and prove that he, Maria, and C.J. can make a difference in their hood?


  • “Dwayne Reed has done it again! This unforgettable protagonist will inspire young readers to utilize whatever skill and talent they possess.”
    Derrick Barnes, Newbery Honor author and two-time Kirkus Prize winner
  • “Change is possible and books like this one help remind us of exactly that. Within these pages you’ll find courage, community, and some really, really great rhymes. I love Simon.”
    Brad Montague, NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author
  • "Readers encounter Simon’s infectious personality, lively raps, warm, loving family, and collection of loyal friends….A timely tale that successfully blends the challenges of urban communities with hope and optimism."
    Kirkus Reviews
  • Praise for Simon B. Rhymin'
    “Upbeat and heartfelt, Simon B. Rhymin' is a sure-fire hit!”
    Lincoln Peirce, New York Times bestselling creator of Big Nate and Max & the Midknights
  • "I love Simon. I love his heart, his rhythm and rhyme. We've been needing his voice for a long, long time."
    Liesl Shurtliff, New York Times bestselling author of Rump
  • "An authentic voice, strong friendships and loads of laughs make rhymin’ Simon a winner."
    Tom Watson, author of Stick Dog
  • *“Reed writes his characters with compassionate and keen insight, effectively conveying the transformative power of art, storytelling, and community.”
    Publishers Weekly, starred review

On Sale
Mar 7, 2023
Page Count
256 pages

Dwayne Reed

About the Author

Dwayne Reed is America’s favorite rapping teacher from Chicago and the author of the Simon B. Rhymin’ series. He is known for his viral music videos and hit songs, “Welcome to the 4th Grade” and “Welcome to Kindergarten.” When he’s not writing, rapping, or teaching, Dwayne can be found presenting at educator conferences across the US, or loving on his beautiful wife, Simoné, and their children, Chase and Cambridge. He invites you to follow him on Twitter and Instagram @TeachMrReed.

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