Kwame Alexander

Newbery Award Winning Author Visiting Wednesday, May 13th

You Are Invited to Meet Kwame Alexander!

Please join us for an afternoon reception with Kwame Alexander at Castleton Elementary School on Wednesday, May 13th from 3:30 to 4:30 pm. Space is limited, so please register with MyLearningPlan for this event.

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Kwame Alexander...

is a poet and author of eighteen books, most recently THE CROSSOVER, which received the 2015 John Newbery Medal for the Most Distinguished Contribution to American literature for Children. His other works 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, Kwame will serve as Bank Street College of Education’s first writer-in-residence. Visit him at
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Pre-Order Books by Kwame Alexander

If you would like to purchase any of Kwame Alexander's books, please place your order using this Google form. A signed copy of your purchased title will be available for you to pick up at the reception on May 13th. If you have any questions, please contact Questar III School Library System.

The Crossover - $14.00, hardcover

"With a bolt of lightning on my kicks . . .The court is SIZZLING. My sweat is DRIZZLING. Stop all that quivering. Cuz tonight I'm delivering," announces dread-locked, 12-year old Josh Bell. He and his twin brother Jordan are awesome on the court. But Josh has more than basketball in his blood, he's got mad beats, too, that tell his family's story in verse, in this fast and furious middle grade novel of family and brotherhood from Kwame Alexander (He Said, She Said 2013).
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. Description from OverDrive (grades 4-12; Lexile Level: 750)

He Said, She Said - $8.00, paperback

Sparks will fly in this hip-hop-hot teen novel that mixes social protest and star-crossed romance! He Said, She Said is perfect for fans of Walter Dean Myers and Rachel Vail alike.
He says: Omar "T-Diddy" Smalls has got it made--a full football ride to UMiami, hero-worship status at school, and pick of any girl at West Charleston High.
She says: Football, shmootball. Here's what Claudia Clarke cares about: Harvard, the poor, the disenfranchised, the hungry, the staggering teen pregnancy rate, investigative journalism . . . the list goes on. She does not have a minute to waste on Mr. T-Diddy Smalls and his harem of bimbos.
He Said, She Said is a fun and fresh novel from Kwame Alexander that throws these two high school seniors together when they unexpectedly end up leading the biggest social protest this side of the Mississippi--with a lot of help from Facebook and Twitter.

The stakes are high, the romance is hot, and when these worlds collide, watch out! Description from OverDrive (7-12; Lexile Level: High/Low 660)

Acoustic Rooster and His Barnyard Band - $13.00, hardcover

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. Acoustic Rooster calls on friends like pianist Duck Ellington, singer Bee Holiday, and percussionist piggy Pepe Ernesto Cruz. Together, the foursome makes beautiful music as they rock the barnyard. By Kwame Alexander and Tim Bowers. Description from OverDrive (PK-5)

And Then You Know - $14.00, paperback

A collection of poems written by Kwame Alexander between 1987 and 2009. Description from


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