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Kwame Alexander

Author of The Crossover

41+ Works 9,471 Members 446 Reviews 5 Favorited

About the Author

Kwame Alexander is a poet, children's book author, playwright, producer, speaker, and performer. His books include And Then You Know: New and Selected Poems, Crush: Love Poems, Family Pictures: Poems and Photographs Celebrating Our Loved Ones, and Acoustic Rooster and His Barnyard Band. He won the show more 2015 John Newbery Medal for his bestselling novel The Crossover. Since 2006, his Book-in-a-Day writing and publishing program has created more than 2500 student authors in 50 schools across the U.S., and in Canada and the Caribbean. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
Image credit: Author Kwame Alexander at the 2019 Texas Book Festival in Austin, Texas, United States. By Larry D. Moore, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=83568330

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Works by Kwame Alexander

The Crossover (2014) 2,565 copies
Booked (2016) 1,192 copies
The Undefeated (2019) 865 copies
Rebound (2018) 686 copies
Solo (2017) 651 copies
Swing (2018) 415 copies
Becoming Muhammad Ali (2002) 283 copies
Surf's Up (2016) 282 copies
How to Read a Book (2019) 259 copies
The Door of No Return (2022) 225 copies
He Said, She Said (2013) 169 copies
An American Story (2023) 136 copies
How to Write a Poem (2023) 79 copies
Crush: Love Poems (2007) 31 copies
Kupenda: Love Poems (2000) 10 copies
360: A Revolution of Black Poets (1998) — Editor; Contributor — 9 copies
Ab aufs Brett! (2016) 2 copies
Gli invincibili (2020) 2 copies
Solo Educator's Guide (2020) 1 copy

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This book is a collection of poetry, talking about things from basketball to dancing and all the in-between. I think that this book could be good for elementary students because it could help teach them about poetry, if you have an assignment where poetry is used.
 
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ChrisHoltGFU | 27 other reviews | Apr 8, 2024 |
From Kirkus: "With powerful art from a bold new talent, this is a probing and sensitive take on a devastating chapter of U.S. history."
 
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BackstoryBooks | 5 other reviews | Apr 3, 2024 |
From Kirkus: "An incredible connector text for young readers eager to graduate to weighty conversations about our yesterday, our now, and our tomorrow."
 
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BackstoryBooks | 82 other reviews | Apr 3, 2024 |
Why Fathers Cry at Night is Kwame Alexander’s memoir. I should say right off, I should say right off I rarely read memoirs but, when I saw this on Netgalley, I was intrigued by the subtitle, A Memoir in Love Poems, Letters, Recipes, and Remembrances. Using all of these, Alexander reminisces about his efforts to reconnect with his radical dad, his marriage and divorce but mostly about his love for many of the women who have been influences in his life, his mother and his grief when she died, his ex-wife, his daughter and for Nikki Giovanni, his teacher at university and later his friend. This is a fast read but it is also raw, profound, and powerful, one that will stay with the reader, a beautiful book which will, no doubt, be read over and over again, providing new insights with each reading.

Thanks to Netgalley and Little, Brown, and Company for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review
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