Kwame Alexander

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Kwame Alexander
Kwame Alexander
Alexander at the 2015 National Book Festival
BornAugust 21, 1968
ResidenceHerndon, Virginia
Alma materVirginia Tech
Genrechildren's literature
Notable awardsNewbery Medal

Kwame Alexander is an American writer of poetry and children's fiction. His verse novel The Crossover won the 2015 Newbery Medal recognizing the year's "most distinguished contribution to American literature for children."[1] It was also selected as an Honor book for the Coretta Scott King Award. His picture book Acoustic Rooster and His Barnyard Band, was selected for the 2014 "Michigan Reads! One State, One Children's Book" program.[2]


Alexander attended Virginia Tech.[3] He runs the Bookinaday program to introduce children to writing and publishing and currently lives in Reston, Virginia.[4] His name Kwame comes from Ghana and it means born on a Saturday, but Alexander was born on a Wednesday.


  • Tough Love: Cultural Criticism and Familial Observations on the Life and Death of Tupac Shakur, ed. (1996)
  • Do the Write Thing (2002) (with Nina Foxx)
  • Kwame Alexander's Page-to-Stage Writing Workshop (2016)


  • He Said, She Said: A Novel (2013)
  • The Crossover: A Novel (2014)
  • Booked (2016)[5][6][7]
  • Solo (2017) (with Mary Rand Hess)
  • Rebound (2018)
  • Swing (2018) (with Mary Rand Hess)

Picture books[edit]

  • Acoustic Rooster and His Barnyard Band (2011)
  • Indigo Blume and the Garden City (2012)
  • Little Boys Soar (2014)
  • Surf's Up (2016)


  • The Flow: New Black Poets in Motion, ed. (1994)
  • Just Us: Poems & Counterpoems, 1986-1995 (1995)
  • 360°: A Revolution of Black Poets, ed. (1998)
  • Kupenda: Love Poems (2000)
  • Dancing Naked on the Floor: poems and essays (2005)
  • The Way I Walk: short stories and poems for Young Adults, ed. (2006)
  • Crush: Love Poems (2007)
  • Family Pictures: Poems and Photographs Celebrating Our Loved Ones, ed. (2007)
  • An American Poem (2008)
  • And Then You Know: New and Selected Poems (2008)
  • The Book Party (2016)
  • The Playbook: 52 Rules to Aim, Shoot, and Score in This Game Called Life (2017)


  1. ^ The best children's books: Newbery, Caldecott winners announced, Ashley Strickland, CNN, February 2, 2015
  2. ^ Acoustic Rooster and His Barnyard Band Chosen as 2014 Michigan Reads! Book,, September 5, 2014
  3. ^ Alexander, Santat win top children's book prizes, HILLEL ITALIE, AP National Writer, February 3, 2015
  4. ^ Barron, Christina (2015-11-18). "Kwame Alexander aims to win readers who are at the age he hated books". The Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 2016-03-29.
  5. ^ "Children's book roundup: Kwame Alexander's 'Booked,' more". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2016-03-29.
  6. ^ "Starred reviews, March/April 2016". Horn Book Magazine. Retrieved 2016-03-29.
  7. ^ "Children's Book Review: Booked by Kwame Alexander". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved 2016-03-29.

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