POET. KIDS AUTHOR. NOVELIST. TEACHER. COOL DUDE.

Kwame Alexander has written 18 books, owned several publishing companies, written for the stage and television (TLC's "Hip Hop Harry"), recorded a CD, performed at schools and conferences around the world, produced jazz and book festivals, hosted a weekly radio show, worked for the U.S. Government, and taught in a high school. Recently, he led a delegation of writers and artists to Italy (Tuscany), Brazil (Bahia), and Africa (Ghana). Each year, Kwame visits hundreds of schools sharing poetry, conducting workshops, and reading his books.
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*Kwame in the New York Times
*Find out more about his work in AFRICA, and how you can participate HERE.
*Kwame in the Washington Post, Spring 2014
*Follow Kwame on Twitter

Kwame's new novel, "The Crossover" receives 5 STARRED REVIEWS
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"Alexander has the swagger and cool confidence of a star player and the finesse of a perfectly in-control ball-handler...[He] brings the novel-in-verse format to a fresh audience with this massively appealing package for reluctant readers, athletes especially." --The Horn Book Magazine

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Genre: Fiction/Middle & Young Adult
ISBN: 978-0-544-10771-7
Pages/Price: 240pp/$16.99
Starred Reviews: School Library Journal, Publishers Weekly, Kirkus Reviews, The Bulletin, & Shelf Awareness

In this fast and furious middle grade novel of family and brotherhood, twins Josh and Jordan 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. Told in sparse verse, acclaimed poet, novelist, and children’s book author Kwame Alexander, The Crossover, a 2014 Junior Library Guild selection, also tackles topics like sibling rivalry and health awareness, while offering rarely seen, positive depictions of fatherhood


What Kwame loves to do most, is watch his two daughters become smart and beautiful women, listen to his brilliant and wonderful wife laugh, and sit in his library reading and writing poems about both of them. He resides in the Washington, DC area, where he is the Founding Director of Book-in-a-Day (BID), a program that teaches and empowers teenagers to write and publish their own books. His new children's book, which he wrote during a summer in Tuscany, is about a jazz playing Rooster.

Two New Honors for Kwame... For the second year in a row, Kwame has been nominated for an NAACP Image Award for OUTSTANDING CHILDREN'S BOOK. This year, his picture book, Indigo Blume and the Garden City is up for the award. Last year, it was Acoustic Rooster...Rooster was selected as a 2013/2014 Choose to Read Ohio title by the State Library of Ohio, and the Ohio Public Libraries. Get the 411 on all Kwame's writerly adventures here:


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When a jazz-loving rooster sets his sights on winning a barnyard talent show, he realizes he can't do it as a solo act. He's up against the talents of Mules Davis's cool duo and Ella Finchgerald's singing group. Witty verse from Kwame Alexander, and colorful artwork from New York Times Bestselling artist Tim Bowers, ensures Acoustic Rooster doesn't miss a beat. A glossary of musical terms and instruments rounds out this perfect introduction to jazz for young readers. Published by Sleeping Bear Press, the book is available (Sept. 2011) wherever books are sold and on Amazon.



Kwame is available for poetry performances, school visits, vegan food tastings, all-expense paid trips abroad (or aboard; he likes cruises)...

Every teacher has come to the media center today to rave, absolutely RAVE about your poetry sessions and about you! We have never seen the students relate so well and respond so completely to anyone! You have inspired us. Truly, you were a gift to our students and staff!!! --Kathy Allen, Librarian and Media Director Oscar Smith High School, Chesapeake, VA

If I can have a literary son, I like to think it is Kwame Alexander. Hard worker; truth seeker; soul sharer. --Nikki Giovanni (below, with Kwame)

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