Group of children

Performing Culturally Rich Stories

For fun, up-beat storytelling and reading programs, turn to Books for Growing Minds™ and its World Beat Books™ programming.  Books for Growing Minds™ uses World Beat Books™ to showcase selected written and oral literature from different parts of the globe, including Africa, Latin America, Europe, and Asia. This is an exciting way to teach children and communities how to learn about other cultures and languages and to affectively engage with our local immigrant communities.  In 2017, World Beat Books™ program will be available to tour and  perform at schools, corporate functions and at community events.

Storytelling Drum Circle Storytellers
"Kindergarten Tellers" tell their folktale from a book that got read and performed during an arts-in-education program.

Twenni pum! Twenni pum! Twenni pum-pum-pum!  Bring World Beat Books™ to your school!

Oral traditions come to life with J'miah Nabawi at this Savannah Music Festival main stage event.

What is World Beat Books?

World Beat Books™ are workshops and artist residency programs that focus on performing literature from around the world with hand drums and hand-held instruments for children, teens and adults. It is rhythmic play that offers language-rich, interactive reading-aloud and musical explorations with activities facilitated through interactive storytelling and the drum circle. World Beat Books™ also encourage vocabulary building and the learning of other languages and cultures through the universal languages of music and play.

Offering Exciting and Creative Presentations

World Beat Books™ presentations make storytelling and reading aloud more engaging, especially for reluctant readers. Our aim is to connect with our audiences in every perceivable way that makes their time shared with us memorable, enjoyable and something to take home to share with family and friends long after the last beat of the drum that closes the show. World Beat Books™ culminate with an ensemble presentation of "Reading the World in Rhythm and Rhyme" where participants are spontaneously chosen from the audience. Come ready to share, learn and . . . play!