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 works include Surf’s Up
, a picture book; Booked
, a middle grade novel; and He Said, She Said
, a young adult novel.
Alexander 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 schools and conferences in the United States, he also travels the world planting seeds of literary love: Singapore, Brazil, Italy, France, and Shanghai. Recently, Alexander led a delegation of 20 writers and activists to Ghana, where they delivered books, built a library, and provided literacy professional development to 300 teachers as a part of Literacy Empowerment Action Project (LEAP)
for Ghana, an International literacy program he co-founded. In 2015, Kwame served as Bank Street College of Education’s inaugural Dorothy M. Carter writer-in-residence. The Kwame Alexander Papers, a collection of his writings, correspondence, and other professional and personal documents, is held at The George Washington University’s Gelman Library.