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We Got the Beat: A Children’s Picture Book

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An exuberant celebration of dance and play in picture book form, based on Charlotte Caffey’s joyful classic made famous by the Go-Go’s.

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What people are saying…

“These LyricPop picture books will have your kids singing, dancing, & learning.”

“Who does not love this famous song from the eighties? It’s a great choice of song to put in a picture book. I liked they made the text colorful and fun.”
Portland Book Review

“One of my all-time favorite songs . . . We Got the Beat comes to gloriously neon ’80s life in this book! You won’t be able to sit still as you read this. Have inflatable instruments? Hand ’em out and dance to the beat!”
Mom Read It

“It was a fun experience for [my son and I] to share together as the books bridge the old (the songs) with the new (the stories).”
Book Nerds Across America

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“It’s entirely appropriate . . . that this picture book would be in the form of a dance party where children and parents find their groove inside the house and outside in nature.”
Pragmatic Mom

“This is such a fun book to share with kids! While you’re bopping and singing to the song, the kids are enjoying the extra fun you have while reading and you’ll all enjoy these super creative, bright illustrations!”
Math Is Everywhere

“This book is so colorful and fun! I love how the illustrator ‘gets’ the fun nature of the song.”
Christy’s Cozy Corners

“Colorful really is the keyword here because every page pops with neon bright tones and ’80s style squiggles.”

We Got the Beat will make both parents and children get their groove on and show off their best dance moves!”
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We Got the Beat is the latest from LyricPop, a children’s picture book collection by LyricVerse and Akashic Books.

See the people walking down the street
Fall in line just watching all their feet
They don’t know where they want to go
But they’re walking in time
They got the beat . . .

We Got the Beat is a children’s picture book based on the hit song by the 1980s new wave group the Go-Go’s. Consisting of five members, the all-female band rocked the nation with their charisma and musical genius. Their hit song “We Got the Beat” spent three weeks at #2 on the Billboard 100 and became their signature song. Says the New York Times: the Go-Go’s “taught a new generation the power of the girl gang.”

With lyrics by Go-Go’s member Charlotte Caffey and illustrations by Kaitlyn Shea O’Connor, this picture book tells the story of what it is like to live life dancing to the beat, while enjoying friends, nature, and the fun that surrounds you. We Got the Beat will make both parents and children get their groove on and show off their best dance moves.

Read an interview with illustrator Kaitlyn Shea O’Connor at Math Is Everywhere.


Book Details

  • Hardcover: 24 pages
  • Published: 10/6/20
  • IBSN: 9781617758362
  • e-IBSN: 9781617758980


CHARLOTTE CAFFEY is a singer-songwriter best known for being a member of the all-female new wave group the Go-Go’s. Caffey wrote the hit single “We Got the Beat” and has cowritten songs for other artists such as Keith Urban and the theme song for the television series Clueless. The Go-Go’s became one of the foundational bands of the 1980s, with their 1981 debut album Beauty and the Beat going double platinum and topping US Billboard charts for six weeks. The band has sold more than seven million records across the world. Caffey continues to write and perform. 

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KAITLYN SHEA O’CONNOR is an illustrator and designer hailing from Atlanta, Georgia. She combines traditional skills with digital media to create vibrant, whimsical worlds. She’s a rare hybrid of dog and cat lover, an avid whistler, and she enjoys exploring the great outdoors, trying new cheeses, and cozying up in a nook with a book. O’Connor illustrated the children’s picture books We Got the Beat, with song lyrics by Charlotte Caffey and (Sittin’ on) The Dock of the Bay, with song lyrics by Otis Redding and Steve Cropper. I Will Survive is her latest picture book.

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