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Children's and YA author Kwame Alexander holding his book The Crossover with Coretta Scott King Award

Kwame Alexander

Meet Kwame Alexander, a poet, educator, and New York Times bestselling author of more than 30 books, including The Crossover, which received the 2015 John Newbery Medal. In this video interview, find out why Alexander believes that poetry can change the world!


Kwame Alexander is a poet, educator, publisher, and New York Times bestselling author of 35 books, including Swing, Becoming Muhammed Ali, co-authored with James Patterson, Booked, which was longlisted for the National Book Award, Rebound, which was shortlisted for prestigious UK Carnegie Medal, The Caldecott Medal and Newbery Honor-winning picture book, The Undefeated, illustrated by Kadir Nelson, and, his Newbery medal-winning middle grade novel, The Crossover.

A regular contributor to NPR’s Morning Edition, Kwame is the recipient of numerous awards, including The Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award, The Coretta Scott King Author Honor, Three NAACP Image Award Nominations, and the 2017 Inaugural Pat Conroy Legacy Award.

In 2018, he founded the publishing imprint Versify, and opened the Barbara E. Alexander Memorial Library and Health Clinic in Ghana, as a part of LEAP for Ghana, an international literacy program he co-founded. He is the writer and executive producer of he Crossover TV series on Disney plus.

Alexander believes that poetry can change the world, and he uses it to inspire and empower young people through his Book-in-a-Day literacy program which has created more than 3,000 student authors at 69 schools across the U.S., Canada, and the Caribbean. A regular speaker and workshop presenter at conferences in the U.S., he also travels the world planting seeds of literary love (Brazil, Italy, France, and Turkey).

Learn more at Alexander’s official website .

Books by this author

Becoming Muhammad Ali

Becoming Muhammad Ali

Kwame Alexander, James Patterson
Age Level:
Middle Grade
Genre:
Biography
Published:
2019
Booked

Booked

Kwame Alexander
Age Level:
Middle Grade
Genre:
Fiction, Poetry
Published:
2016

Crush: Love Poems for Teenagers

Kwame Alexander
Age Level:
YA
Genre:
Poetry, Romance
Published:
2008
He Said, She Said

He Said, She Said

Kwame Alexander
Age Level:
YA
Genre:
Fiction
Published:
2013
out of wonder

Out of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poets

Kwame Alexander
Age Level:
Middle Grade
Genre:
Poetry
Published:
2017
Rebound

Rebound

Kwame Alexander
Published:
2018
Solo

Solo

Kwame Alexander
Age Level:
Middle Grade, YA
Genre:
Fiction, Poetry, Romance
Published:
2019
The Crossover

The Crossover

Kwame Alexander
Age Level:
Middle Grade
Genre:
Fiction, Poetry
Published:
2014
The Playbook

The Playbook: 52 Rules to Aim, Shoot, and Score in This Game Called Life

Kwame Alexander
Age Level:
Middle Grade
Genre:
Nonfiction, Poetry
Published:
2017
The Undefeated

The Undefeated

Kwame Alexander
Age Level:
Middle Grade
Genre:
Poetry
Published:
2019