Kwame Alexander


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Reston, VA, The United States
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Kwame Alexander is a poet, educator, and New York Times Bestselling author of 21 books, including The Crossover, which received the 2015 John Newbery Medal for the Most Distinguished Contribution to American literature for Children, the Coretta Scott King Author Award Honor, The NCTE Charlotte Huck Honor, the Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award, and the Passaic Poetry Prize. Kwame writes for children of all ages. His other works include Surf's Up, a picture book; Booked, a middle grade novel; and He Said She Said, a YA novel.

Kwame believes that poetry can change the world, and he uses it to inspire and empower young people through his PAGE TO STAGE Writing and Publishing Program released by Scholastic. A regular speaker at colleges and confere
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Average rating: 4.19 · 92,397 ratings · 17,107 reviews · 43 distinct worksSimilar authors
The Crossover

4.27 avg rating — 39,166 ratings — published 2014 — 25 editions
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Booked

4.20 avg rating — 13,998 ratings — published 2016 — 2 editions
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Rebound

4.28 avg rating — 9,215 ratings — published 2018 — 9 editions
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Solo

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Swing

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The Undefeated

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The Playbook: 52 Rules to A...

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How to Read a Book

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Out of Wonder: Poems Celebr...

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Surf's Up

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3.83 avg rating — 1,108 ratings — published 2016 — 7 editions
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“Basketball Rule #1

In this game of life
your family is the court
and the ball is your heart.
No matter how good you are,
no matter how down you get,
always leave
your heart
on the court.”
Kwame Alexander, The Crossover

“Never let anyone lower your goals. Others’ expectations of you are determined by their limitations of life. The sky is your limit, sons. Always shoot for the sun and you will shine.”
Kwame Alexander, The Crossover

“Basketball Rule #4

If you miss
enough of life's
free throws
you will pay
in the end.”
Kwame Alexander, The Crossover

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