. . . A bolt of lightning on my kicks . . .
The court is SIZZLING
My sweat is DRIZZLING
Stop all that quivering
Cuz tonight I’m delivering.
–The Crossover by Kwame Alexander
Mr. Kwame Alexander visited a ninth grade English class last week in the Writers’ Room to dazzle us with his animated, rhythmic verses concerning basketball, brotherhood, and growing up: all elements of his new novel, The Crossover. Each student received a copy of Mr. Alexander’s latest work, which received the 2015 John Newbery Medal for the Most Distinguished Contribution to American literature for Children. Mr. Alexander’s other books include Acoustic Rooster and His Barnyard Band (The 2014 Michigan Reads One Book Selection), and the YA novel He Said, She Said (a Junior Library Guild Selection). He is the founder of Book-in-a-Day, a student-run publishing program that has created more than 3000 student authors in 72 schools; and LEAP for Ghana, an international literacy project that builds libraries, trains teachers, and empowers children through literature. He visits schools and libraries, has owned several publishing companies, written for stage and television (TLC’s “Hip Hop Harry”), produced jazz and book festivals, and taught in a high school. In 2015, Mr. Alexander will serve as Bank Street College of Education’s first writer-in-residence.
Thank you to Mr. Alexander and to the excellent folks at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for a very literary afternoon!