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Kwame Alexander


Kwame Alexander

Kwame Alexander is a poet, children’s book author, playwright, producer, dynamic speaker, performer, and the author of fourteen books including AND THEN YOU KNOW: New and Selected Poems, CRUSH: Love Poems for Teenagers, and FAMILY PICTURES: Poems and Photographs Celebrating Our Loved Ones. He has delivered awe-inspiring keynote speeches, and performed his cutting-edge brand of poetry to audiences at numerous conferences, colleges and venues throughout the world, including: Oberlin College, UC Berkeley, Stratford-on-Avon, Brixton Town Hall, Hampton University, Duke University, University of Maryland, America's Choice National Conference, National Council for Teachers of English Convention, the Gwendolyn Brooks Writers Conference, and the New York State Council for Teachers of English Annual Conference.  From 2005-2011, Kwame was the founding producer of the Capital BookFest, an annual touring book festival that reached more than 10,000 book-lovers in Charleston, SC, Washington, DC, and Richmond, VA.

Since 2006, Kwame’s Bookinaday (BID) writing & publishing program has created more than 1000 student authors in more than 30 schools across the country, and in Canada. In the summer of 2010, Alexander created the Book-in-a-Day International Fellowship, and took eight writer/educators on a creative journey to Tuscany.

Kwame Alexander

Books by Kwame Alexander

by Kwame Alexander - Sports, Youth Fiction

Twin brothers Josh and Jordan, skilled in both basketball and mad beats, must come to grips with growing up on and off the court to realize breaking the rules comes at a terrible price, as their story's heart-stopping climax proves a game-changer for the entire family.

by Kwame Alexander - Children's 10-12, Culture, Family Life, Poetry

In this follow-up to the Newbery-winning novel THE CROSSOVER,  soccer, family, love and friendship, take center stage as 12-year-old Nick learns the power of words as he wrestles with problems at home, stands up to a bully, and tries to impress the girl of his dreams. Helping him along are his best friend and sometimes teammate Coby, and The Mac, a rapping librarian who gives Nick inspiring books to read. 

by Elissa Brent Weissman, Kwame Alexander, Tom Angleberger, Kathi Appelt, Ashley Bryan, Tim Federle, Candace Fleming, Marla Frazee, Chris Gall, Alex Gino, Chris Grabenstein, Gordon Korman, Jarrett J. Krosoczka, Thanhha Lai, Peter Lerangis, Gail Carson Levine, Grace Lin, Yuyi Morales, Phyllis Reynolds Naylor, R. J. Palacio, Linda Sue Park, Dan Santat, Brian Selznick, Cynthia Leitich Smith, and Rita Williams-Garcia - Careers, Children's 8-12, Nonfiction
From award-winning author Elissa Brent Weissman comes a collection of quirky, smart, and vulnerable childhood works by some of today’s foremost children’s authors and illustrators ---revealing young talent, the storytellers they would one day become, and the creativity they inspire today. Everyone’s story begins somewhere…
by Kwame Alexander - Children's, Children's 10+, Children's 10-12, Contemporary Fiction, Family, Fiction, Sports

Before Josh and Jordan Bell were streaking up and down the court, their father was learning his own moves. In this prequel to Newbery Medal winner THE CROSSOVER, Chuck Bell takes center stage, as readers get a glimpse of his childhood and how he became the jazz music worshiping, basketball star his sons look up to.  

Written by Kwame Alexander with illustrations by Ekua Holmes - Biography, Children's 8-12, Creative Writing, Literary, Poetry, Poetry Collection


Out of gratitude for the poet’s art form, Newbery Award-winning author and poet Kwame Alexander, along with Chris Colderley and Marjory Wentworth, present original poems that pay homage to twenty famed poets who have made the authors’ hearts sing and their minds wonder. Stunning mixed-media images by Ekua Holmes, winner of a Caldecott Honor and a John Steptoe New Talent Illustrator Award, complete the celebration and invite the reader to listen, wonder and perhaps even pick up a pen.

Written by Kwame Alexander with photos by Thai Neave - Children's 10-12, Fiction, Friendship, Sports
You gotta know the rules to play the game. Ball is life. Take it to the hoop. Soar. What can we imagine for our lives? What if we were the star players, moving and grooving through the game of life? What if we had our own rules of the game to help us get what we want, what we aspire to, what will enrich our lives? Illustrated with photographs by Thai Neave, The Playbook is intended to provide inspiration on the court of life.