January’s Leader of the Month: LL Cool J

Read to Lead has chosen LL Cool J as it’s Adult leader of the month. With many charity organizations and groups out there, we are happy that Mr. Cool J often time chooses to lend his fame to literacy oriented events. Back in 2008, LL took time out of his busy schedule to participate in “Read for the Record Day.”

For those of you who didn’t know, LL actually wrote a unique children’s book. A “rap and read” book – to give children 4 to 10 years old some lessons about humility and sportsmanship.

The book is part of a series for Scholastic called Hip Kid Hop. The children’s book-and-CD series features hip hop stars like Doug E. Fresh, Common, and Shaggy.

The 32-page picture book by LL Cool J, whose real name is James Todd Smith, is packaged with an original two-track CD that includes a song version of the story performed by the rapper himself. The book also has a music-only track so that the children can read and rap along on their own.

The rapper/actor said he was looking for a way to influence kids in a positive way: “I just think there’s room for something that’s positive in hip hop and someone had to have the courage and say, ‘I care about the kids.’”

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