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Theodore Taylor III is a Washington- based artist, designer and photographer. He studied communication arts at Virginia Commonwealth University. Written by Laban Carrick Hill and illustrated by Taylor, “When the Beat Was Born: DJ Kool Herc and the Creation of Hip Hop” (Roaring Brook/Macmillan) offers kids an explanation of an underrepresented piece of history: It focuses on the life of DJ Kool Herc and the birth of hip-hop, a new type of music that, with its positive social force, would come to define a culture and transform the world. For his first illustrated children’s book, Taylor was awarded the Coretta Scott King Award and the John Steptoe New Talent Award by the American Library Association.

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Theodore Taylor III