Wearing a loose, pink tie with a light blue shirt and dark jacket, Nikki Giovanni delighted the crowd packed into Joseph-Beth Booksellers by closing her visit with a reading of “The Rosa Parks.”

The poem is her favorite part of her new book Hip Hop Speaks to Children: A Celebration of Poetry with a Beat.

The internationally acclaimed poet said she wanted to give girls something to dance to, like she remembers doing growing up in Lincoln Heights. So, as she clapped, raised her arms and wagged her finger to the words — Do the Rosa Parks, say: No, No; Do the Rosa Parks, throw your hands in the air; Do the Rosa Parks say: No, No; Do the Rosa Parks, say: “That’s not fair” — it wasn’t hard to picture it becoming a playground favorite.

“I’m so thrilled about this book, because hip-hop has a bad reputation. We’ve let it become something it shouldn’t be,” Giovanni said.

The book is composed of contributions from popular hip-hop artists, including Kanye West, Mos Def and Queen Latifah, as well as classic poets such as Langston Hughes and Gwendolyn Brooks. “The Rosa Parks” is one of three pieces that Giovanni contributed. The book is accompanied by an audio CD.

At the time of Giovanni’s visit to Cincinnati, the book was No. 9 on The New York Times best-seller list for children’s books.