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Alexander, Kwame

Overview
Works: 94 works in 403 publications in 7 languages and 28,112 library holdings
Genres: Juvenile works  Fiction  Novels in verse  Picture books  Basketball stories  Poetry  Young adult works  History  Sports fiction  Narrative poetry 
Roles: Author, Narrator, Editor
Classifications: PZ7.5.A44, FIC
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The crossover by Kwame Alexander( Book )

41 editions published between 2014 and 2020 in 4 languages and held by 5,315 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A bolt of lightning on my kicks ... The court is sizzling. My sweat is drizzling. Stop all that quivering. Cuz tonight I'm delivering," raps basketball phenom Josh Bell. Thanks to his dad, he and his twin brother, Jordan, are kings on the court, with crossovers that make even the toughest ballers cry. But Josh has more than hoops in his blood. He's got a river of rhymes flowing through him - a sick flow that helps him find his rhythm when everything's on the line. As their winning season unfolds, things begin to change. When Jordan meets the new girl in school, the twins' tight-knit bond unravels. In this heartfelt novel, basketball and brotherhood intertwine to show Josh and Jordan that life doesn't come with a playbook and, sometimes, it's not about winning. -- From dust jacket
Booked by Kwame Alexander( Book )

19 editions published between 2016 and 2020 in English and Chinese and held by 2,370 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Twelve-year-old Nick loves soccer and hates books, but soon learns the power of words as he wrestles with problems at home, stands up to a bully, and tries to impress the girl of his dreams
The undefeated by Kwame Alexander( Book )

17 editions published between 2018 and 2021 in 3 languages and held by 2,183 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Newbery Award-winning author of The Crossover pens an ode to black American triumph and tribulation, with art from a two-time Caldecott Honoree. Originally performed for ESPN's The Undefeated, this poem is a love letter to black life in the United States. It highlights the unspeakable trauma of slavery, the faith and fire of the civil rights movement, and the grit, passion, and perseverance of some of the world's greatest heroes. The text is also peppered with references to the words of Martin Luther King, Jr., Langston Hughes, Gwendolyn Brooks, and others, offering deeper insights into the accomplishments of the past, while bringing stark attention to the endurance and spirit of those surviving and thriving in the present. Robust back matter at the end provides valuable historical context and additional detail for those wishing to learn more"--Provided by publisher
Rebound by Kwame Alexander( Book )

20 editions published between 2018 and 2021 in English and French and held by 1,978 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the summer of 1988, twelve-year-old Chuck Bell is sent to stay with his grandparents, where he discovers jazz and basketball and learns more about his family's past
Out of wonder : poems celebrating poets by Kwame Alexander( Book )

7 editions published between 2016 and 2017 in English and held by 1,799 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Newbery Medalist and a Caldecott Honoree offer a glorious, lyrical ode to poets who have sparked a sense of wonder. Out of gratitude for the poet's art form, Newbery Award-winning author and poet Kwame Alexander, along with Chris Colderley and Marjory Wentworth, present original poems that pay homage to twenty famed poets who have made the authors' hearts sing and their minds wonder. Stunning mixed-media images by Ekua Holmes, winner of a Caldecott Honor and a John Steptoe New Talent Illustrator Award, complete the celebration and invite the reader to listen, wonder, and perhaps even pick up a pen
Solo by Kwame Alexander( Book )

15 editions published between 2017 and 2019 in English and held by 1,602 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Seventeen-year-old Blade endeavors to resolve painful issues from his past and navigate the challenges of his former rockstar father's addictions, scathing tabloid rumors, and a protected secret that threatens his own identity
Surf's up by Kwame Alexander( Book )

14 editions published between 2015 and 2018 in 5 languages and held by 1,474 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Surf's up! Not yet, Dude! Books are boring! Not this one! Bro and Dude have very different ideas about how to spend the day at the beach. But as Bro continues to gasp and cheer as he reads his book (Moby Dick), Dude can't help but get curious. Before you can shout 'Surf's up!' both frogs are sharing the same adventure, that is, until they get to the beach"--Excerpt from Amazon.com
How to read a book by Kwame Alexander( Book )

6 editions published between 2016 and 2019 in English and held by 1,274 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

First, find a tree - a black tupelo or dawn redwood will do - and plant yourself. (It's okay if you prefer a stoop, like Langston Hughes.) With these words, an adventure begins - an adventure into the world of reading. Kwame Alexander's evocative poetry and Melissa Sweet's lush artwork come together to take you on a sensory journey between the pages of a book. Now, sleep. Dream. Hope. (You never reach the end) --
The playbook : 52 rules to aim, shoot, and score in this game called life by Kwame Alexander( Book )

9 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 1,258 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"You gotta know the rules to play the game. Ball is life. Take it to the hoop. Soar. What can we imagine for our lives? What if we were the star players, moving and grooving through the game of life? What if we had our own rules of the game to help us get what we want, what we aspire to, what will enrich our lives? Illustrated with photographs by Thai Neave, The Playbook is intended to provide inspiration on the court of life. Each rule containswisdom from inspiring athletes and role models such as Nelson Mandela, Serena Williams, LeBron James, Carli Lloyd, Steph Curry and Michelle Obama. Kwame Alexander also provides his own poetic and uplifting words, as he shares stories of overcoming obstacles andwinning games in this motivational and inspirational book just right for graduates of any age and anyone needing a little encouragement."--
Swing by Kwame Alexander( Book )

12 editions published between 2018 and 2019 in English and held by 1,244 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"When America is not so beautiful, or right, or just, it can be hard to know what to do. Best friends Walt and Noah decide to use their voices to grow more good in the world, but first they've got to find cool. Walt is convinced junior year is their year, and he has a plan to help them woo the girls of their dreams and become amazing athletes. Never mind that he and Noah failed to make the high school baseball team yet again, and Noah's love interest since third grade, Sam, has him firmly in the friend zone. Noah soon finds himself navigating the worlds of jazz, batting cages, the strange advice of Walt's Dairy Queen-employed cousin, as well as Walt's own perceptions of what is actually cool. Status quo seems inevitable until Noah stumbles on a stash of old love letters. Each page contains the words he's always wanted to say to Sam, and he begins secretly creating artwork using the lines that speak his heart. But when his private artwork becomes public, Noah has a decision to make: continue his life in the dugout and possibly lose the girl forever, or take a swing and make his voice heard? At the same time, numerous American flags are being left around town. While some think it's a harmless prank and others see it as a form of peaceful protest, Noah can't shake the feeling something bigger is happening to his community. Especially after he witnesses events that hint divides and prejudices run deeper than he realized. As the personal and social tensions increase around them, Noah and Walt must decide what is really true when it comes to love, friendship, sacrifice, and fate."--
He said, she said : a novel by Kwame Alexander( Book )

9 editions published between 2013 and 2015 in English and held by 836 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"When a popular football 'playa' and ladies man and the smartest girl in school lead a school protest, sparks fly as their social media-aided revolution grows"--
Animal ark : celebrating our wild world in poetry and pictures by Kwame Alexander( Book )

2 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 806 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A howling wolf, a stalking tiger, a playful panda, a dancing bird--pairing the stunning photography of National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore with the delicate poetry of Newbery award-winning author Kwame Alexander, this lush picture book celebrates the beauty, diversity, and fragility of the animal world. Featuring more than 40 unique animal portraits, the pages invite kids to explore each creature's markings, textures, and attributes in stunning detail, while calling on all of us to help protect each and every one. Three picture-packed gatefolds inside showcase even more familiar and exotic species. These images are part of Sartore's lifelong project to photograph every animal in the world, with special attention given to disappearing and endangered species"--
Acoustic Rooster and his barnyard band by Kwame Alexander( Book )

2 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 715 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Acoustic Rooster forms a jazz band with Duck Ellington, Bee Holliday, and Pepe Ernesto Cruz to compete in the annual Barnyard Talent Show against such greats as Thelonius Monkey, Mules Davis, and Ella Finchgerald. Includes glossary, notes on the characters and songs, and jazz timeline
The write thing : Kwame Alexander engages students in writing workshop (and you can too!) by Kwame Alexander( )

4 editions published between 2018 and 2019 in English and held by 554 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Newbery Medal-winning author Kwame Alexander shows how to shake up the traditional writing workshop using poetry and make writing fun again. Using his techniques and strategies, you'll invigorate the writing workshop and motivate even the most reluctant writers
I remember : poems and pictures of heritage( Book )

1 edition published in 2019 in English and held by 541 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of works by poets and illustrators of diverse backgrounds sharing memorable childhood and family experiences and reflecting on their different heritages, traditions, and beliefs
Booked by Kwame Alexander( Recording )

15 editions published between 2016 and 2018 in English and held by 429 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Twelve-year-old Nick loves soccer and hates books, but soon learns the power of words as he wrestles with problems at home, stands up to a bully, and tries to impress the girl of his dreams
Solo by Kwame Alexander( Recording )

20 editions published between 2017 and 2020 in English and held by 412 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

After discovering a family secret, Blade begins a journey that takes him to Ghana, where he discovers the power of friendship, family, community, and reconciliation
The crossover by Kwame Alexander( )

20 editions published between 2014 and 2016 in English and held by 327 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Fourteen-year-old twin basketball stars Josh and Jordan wrestle with highs and lows on and off the court as their father ignores his declining health
The crossover by Kwame Alexander( Recording )

1 edition published in 2014 in English and held by 309 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Fourteen-year-old twin basketball stars Josh and Jordan wrestle with highs and lows on and off the court as their father ignores his declining health
Rebound by Kwame Alexander( Recording )

9 editions published in 2018 in English and held by 277 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Before Josh and Jordan Bell were streaking up and down the court, their father was learning his own moves. In this prequel to Newbery Medal winner The Crossover, Chuck Bell takes center stage, as readers get a glimpse of his childhood and how he became the jazz music worshiping, basketball star his sons look up to. A novel in verse with all the impact and rhythm readers have come to expect from Kwame Alexander, Rebound will go back in time to visit the childhood of Chuck "Da Man" Bell during one pivotal summer when young Charlie is sent to stay with his grandparents where he discovers basketball and learns more about his family's past."--
 
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Alternative Names
Alexander E. C. Kwame‏

Alexander, E. C. Kwame, 1968-

Kwame Alexander American children's writer

Kwame Alexander escritor de literatura infantil estadounidense

Kwame Alexander scríbhneoir Meiriceánach

알렉산더, 콰미 1968-

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