City Street Beat

City Street Beat bookcoverCity Street Beat
by Nancy Viau
Publisher: Albert Whitman & Co
ISBN: 978-0807511640
For ages: 3 – 8 Years



In City Street Beat, a young girl travels along a city’s twisty road on her way to a friend’s house. Together, they embark on an adventure, taking in all the city’s sights and sounds. They hear the tippy, tappy, clack of high heels on the sidewalk; the strumming and drumming of a three-piece band; the flipping and flapping of dancing pigeons; and more. The girls move and groove to the rock-n-roll and razz-ma-tazz of the city’s hip-hop beat using all five senses until at last it’s time to say good-bye.


For the duration of a day, two peppy little girls enjoy a visit with one another while dancing along bustling streets and listening to rhythms in the city sounds. The girls hear catchy rock and hip-hop beats from ordinary people walking, musicians playing, the bake-shop bell ringing…and more. With an absence of dialogue and the inclusion of a recurring verse, the book is marked by a descriptive rhyming writing style that progresses at a jaunty pace…There is much to see in this cheerful tale that will stimulate readers’ imaginations… ~ School Library Journal

Reading Guide/Activities

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About the Author

Nancy Viau is the author of City Street Beat (Picture Book, Albert Whitman & Co., 2014), Look What I Can Do! (Picture Book/Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2013), Storm Song (Picture Book/Two Lions, 2013), and Samantha Hansen Has Rocks in Her Head (Middle-Grade/Abrams/Amulet Books, 2008). Her stories, poems, and activities appear in Highlights, Highlights High Five, LadybugBabybug, Hopscotch for Girls, and many other magazines. She has written dozens of Op-Ed essays for the Philadelphia Inquirer, and has been a summer columnist for that newspaper. Her work has been anthologized in Chicken Soup for the Soul, The Writing Group Book, and The Ultimate Mom.

Nancy has been a featured speaker at writing conferences; she has appeared on numerous panels, and has been interviewed on CN8’s Your Morning Show, WCMC Radio, and on various blogs. She is a member of The Authors Guild, The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, and The KidLit Authors Club, a group she started that consists of children’s book authors who bring interactive book parties to bookstores, libraries, festivals, and conferences. She is also part of an organization called Young Writers’ Day. This organization sponsors authors, illustrators, playwrights, storytellers, and song writers who present low cost programs in suburban Philadelphia classrooms.

Nancy lives in rural New Jersey with her family and one hyperactive bunny. When not glued to her computer writing or running defense for her four children, she skips out of town in search of adventure and inspiration.
Author’s website

School Visit Information

Nancy has ten years experience presenting writing workshops and assembly programs to children across the country. Whether leading hands-on writing activities in the classroom or speaking to large groups, she shares her journey to publication and educates students about the writing process using a ton of energy sprinkled with humor and enthusiasm. Nancy is also available for book discussions and interviews via Skype. Children leave her presentations inspired and ready to write. For information on programming, fees, and availability, please visit Nancy’s website.

“Nancy visited two schools and met with students from first through sixth grades. She tailored her presentation for the different grade levels, discussing her life, how she does her writing, and the elements of a great story, intertwining the three into a seamless and entertaining hour. The students were completely engaged and enthusiastic. In the weeks since Nancy’s visit, teachers have commented that Nancy’s writing tips were right on target. I highly recommend Nancy Viau!” ~ Karen DeFrank, District Librarian, Glassboro, NJ

“There has been such a great response to the 6-week Creative Writing Club. Twenty-five kids come in excited and ready to go and don’t want to leave when the hour is up. Nancy does a wonderful job engaging them in the weekly topics and encouraging them to foster their creativity. I could not be happier with the results of this program. We’re going to keep the writing going by starting a club that meets monthly.”
Kellie J. Large, Head Children’s Librarian, Cape May County Library, NJ