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Kwame Alexander Books In Order

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Publication Order of The Crossover Books

The Crossover (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Booked (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Rebound (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

He Said, She Said (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Solo (With: Mary Rand Hess) (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Swing (With: Mary Rand Hess) (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Door of No Return (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Picture Books

Acoustic Rooster and His Barnyard Band (2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Indigo Blume and the Garden City (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Little Boys Soar (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Surf's Up (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Acoustic Rooster's Barnyard Boogie Starring Indigo Blume (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
An American Story (2023)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
How to Write a Poem (2023)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Collections

Just Us (1997)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
360° A Revolution of Black Poets (1998)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Crush (1999)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Kupenda (2000)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Dancing Naked on the Floor (2005)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Broken Miracles (2006)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Family Pictures (2007)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
And Then You Know (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Playbook (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Animal Ark (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Out of Wonder (With: ) (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Light for the World to See (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

Do the Write Thing (2001)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Write Thing (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Undefeated (With: ) (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
How to Read a Book (With: ) (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Kwame Alexander's Free Write (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Why Fathers Cry at Night (2023)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of James Patterson Children's Books

with James Patterson, Jack Patterson
SantaKid (By:James Patterson) (2004)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Give Please a Chance (By:James Patterson,Bill O'Reilly) (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Penguins of America (By:James Patterson,Jack Patterson) (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Laugh Out Loud (By:James Patterson,Chris Grabenstein) (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Give Thank You a Try (By:James Patterson) (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Not So Normal Norbert (By:James Patterson,Joey Green) (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Unbelievably Boring Bartholomew (By:James Patterson,Duane Swierczynski) (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Katt vs. Dogg (By:James Patterson,Chris Grabenstein) (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Sophia, Princess Among Beasts (By:James Patterson,Emily Raymond) (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Becoming Muhammad Ali (With: James Patterson) (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Scaredy Cat (By:James Patterson,Chris Grabenstein) (2021)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Best Nerds Forever (By:James Patterson,Chris Grabenstein) (2021)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of National Geographic Kids Books

Puzzle Book Dinosaurs (By:) (0)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Volcano!: The Icelandic Eruption of 2010 and Other Hot, Smoky, Fierce, and Fiery Mountains (By:) (2010)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Great Migrations: Whales, Wildebeests, Butterflies, Elephants, and Other Amazing Animals on the Move (By:) (2010)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Winter Wonderland (By:) (2010)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
National Geographic Kids Ultimate Dinopedia: The Most Complete Dinosaur Reference Ever (By:) (2010)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Animal Pop!: With 5 Incredible, Life Size Fold-outs (By:) (2010)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
National Geographic Kids Awesome Animals: With Games, Facts, and 10 Pull-out Posters! (By:) (2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Tornado!: The Story Behind These Twisting, Turning, Spinning, and Spiraling Storms (By:Judith Bloom Fradin) (2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
National Geographic Kids Ultimate Weird But True: 1,000 Wild & Wacky Facts and Photos (By:) (2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Are You "Normal"? (By:) (2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Monsters of the Deep (By:) (2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Cherry Blossoms Say Spring (By:) (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
National Geographic Kids Ultimate U.S. Road Trip Atlas: Maps, Games, Activities, and More for Hours of Backseat Fun (By:) (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
When Dinos Dawned, Mammals Got Munched, and Pterosaurs Took Flight: A Cartoon PreHistory of Life in the Triassic (By:) (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
National Geographic Kids 125 True Stories of Amazing Animals: Inspiring Tales of Animal Friendship & Four-Legged Heroes, Plus Crazy Animal Antics (By:) (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
National Geographic Kids United States Atlas (By:) (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Saving Yasha: The Incredible True Story of an Adopted Moon Bear (By:) (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
5,000 Awesome Facts (By:) (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
National Geographic Kids Quiz Whiz: 1,000 Super Fun, Mind-bending, Totally Awesome Trivia Questions (By:) (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Alien Deep: Revealing the Mysterious Living World at the Bottom of the Ocean (By:) (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
That's Gross!: Icky Facts That Will Test Your Gross-Out Factor (By:) (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Xtreme Illusions: Perplexing Puzzles, Amazing Mind Tricks, Impossible Illusions (By:) (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
National Geographic Kids Cutest Animals Sticker Activity Book: Over 1,000 stickers! (By:) (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
National Geographic Kids Ultimate Weird But True 2: 1,000 Wild & Wacky Facts & Photos! (By:) (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
That's Creepy: Spine-Tingling Facts That Will Test Your Creep-out Factor (By:) (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
National Geographic Kids Quiz Whiz 2: 1,000 Super Fun Mind-bending Totally Awesome Trivia Questions (By:) (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Tracking Tyrannosaurs: Meet T. rex's fascinating family, from tiny terrors to feathered giants (By:) (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Are You "Normal"? 2 (By:) (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Ultimate Bugopedia: The Most Complete Bug Reference Ever (By:Nancy Honovich) (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Alien Worlds: Your Guide to Extraterrestrial Life (By:) (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
What in the World?: Fun-Tastic Photo Puzzles for Curious Minds (By:) (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
National Geographic Kids Ultimate Globetrotting World Atlas: Maps, Games, Activities, and More for Hours of Adventure-filled Fun! (By:) (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
National Geographic Kids Mission: Lion Rescue: All About Lions and How to Save Them (By:) (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
100 Things to Do Before You Grow Up (By:) (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
National Geographic Kids Mission: Wolf Rescue: All About Wolves and How to Save Them (By:) (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
This or That?: The Wacky Book of Choices to Reveal the Hidden You (By:) (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
National Geographic Kids Get Outside Guide: All Things Adventure, Exploration, and Fun! (By:Nancy Honovich) (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
National Geographic Kids Super Space Sticker Activity Book (By:) (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
National Geographic Kids Amazing Pets Sticker Activity Book (By:) (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
National Geographic Kids Quiz Whiz 3: 1,000 Super Fun Mind-bending Totally Awesome Trivia Questions (By:) (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
NGK space Sticker activity book : Over 1,000 Stickers! (By:) (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
National Geographic Kids 125 True Stories of Amazing Pets: Inspiring Tales of Animal Friendship and Four-legged Heroes, Plus Crazy Animal Antics (By:) (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
National Geographic Kids Funny Fill-in: My Medieval Adventure (By:) (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Angry Birds Explore the World (By:) (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Animal Jam: Official Insider's Guide (By:Katherine Noll) (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
National Geographic Kids Cookbook: A Year-Round Fun Food Adventure (By:) (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
This or That? 2: More Wacky Choices to Reveal the Hidden You (By:) (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Animal Stories (By:Jane Yolen) (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Friend for Lakota (By:Jim Dutcher) (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
1,000 Facts About the Bible (By:) (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Xtreme Illusions 2: Mind-Blowing Illusions, Wacky Brain Teasers, Awesome Puzzles (By:) (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
This or That? 3: Even More Wacky Choices to Reveal the Hidden You (By:) (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Dirtmeister's Nitty Gritty Planet Earth: All About Rocks, Minerals, Fossils, Earthquakes, Volcanoes, & Even Dirt! (By:) (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Boredom-Busting Fun Stuff: Cool Games, Hilarious Jokes, Awesome Quizzes, and More! (By:) (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
National Geographic Kids Animal Records: The Biggest, Fastest, Weirdest, Tiniest, Slowest, and Deadliest Creatures on the Planet (By:) (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Ultimate Adventure Atlas of Earth: Maps, Games, Activities, and More for Hours of Extreme Fun! (By:) (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
National Geographic Kids Guide to Photography: TipsTricks on How to Be a Great Photographer From the ProsYour Pals at My Shot (By:Nancy Honovich) (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
100 Things to Make You Happy (By:) (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
When Fish Got Feet, When Bugs Were Big, and When Dinos Dawned: A Cartoon Prehistory of Life on Earth (By:) (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Treasury of Egyptian Mythology: Classic Stories of Gods, Goddesses, Monsters & Mortals (By:) (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Mastermind: Over 100 Games, Tests, and Puzzles to Unleash Your Inner Genius (By:,Stephanie Warren Drimmer) (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
National Geographic Kids Brain Games: The Mind-Blowing Science of Your Amazing Brain (By:) (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
What in the World: Look Again: Fun-tastic Photo Puzzles for Curious Minds (By:) (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Why?: Over 1,111 Answers to Everything (By:) (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Extreme Planet: Carsten Peter's Adventures in Volcanoes, Caves, Canyons, Deserts, and Beyond! (By:) (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Buddy Bison's Yellowstone Adventure (By:) (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Get Outside Creativity Book: Cutouts, Games, Stencils, Stickers (By:) (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
This or That 4: Even More Wacky Choices to Reveal the Hidden You (By:) (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Awesome 8: 50 Picture-Packed Top 8 Lists! (By:) (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
125 Wacky Roadside Attractions: See All the Weird, Wonderful, and Downright Bizarre Landmarks From Around the World! (By:) (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
National Geographic Kids Beginner's United States Atlas (By:) (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
5,000 Awesome Facts3 (By:) (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Mars: The Red Planet: Rocks, Rovers, Pioneers, and More! (By:) (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
By the Numbers 2.0: 110.01 Cool Infographics Packed With Stats and Figures (By:) (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Stuck Inside Creativity Book: Cutouts, Games, Stencils, Stickers (By:) (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
How Things Work: Discover Secrets and Science Behind Bounce Houses, Hovercraft, Robotics, and Everything in Between (By:) (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Benjamin Franklin's Wise Words (By:) (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Animal Ark: Celebrating our Wild World in Poetry and Pictures (With: ) (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Ultimate Explorer Guide: Explore, Discover, and Create Your Own Adventures With Real National Geographic Explorers as Your Guides! (By:Nancy Honovich) (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Awesome 8 Extreme (By:) (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Brain Bogglers: Over 100 Games and Puzzles to Reveal the Mysteries of Your Mind (By:,Stephanie Warren Drimmer) (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
National Geographic Kids Thank You Cards (By:) (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
National Geographic Kids Ultimate Space Atlas (By:) (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Chomp!: Fierce facts about the BITE FORCE, CRUSHING JAWS, and MIGHTY TEETH of Earth's champion chewers (By:) (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
What Would Happen?: Serious Answers to Silly Questions (By:) (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
By the Numbers 3.14: 110.01 Cool Infographics Packed With Stats and Figures (By:) (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
How Things Work: Inside Out: Discover Secrets and Science Behind Trick Candles, 3D Printers, Penguin Propulsions, and Everything in Between (By:) (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Hey, Baby!: A Collection of Pictures, Poems, and Stories from Nature's Nursery (By:Stephanie Warren Drimmer) (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Astronaut-Aquanaut: How Space Science and Sea Science Interact (By:) (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Leap for Legadema: The True Story of a Little Leopard in a Big World (By:) (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
National Geographic Kids Who's Who in the Bible (By:) (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Seed is the Start, A (By:) (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Puzzle Book What in the World (By:) (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Puzzle Book Animals (By:) (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
National Geographic Kids Bird Guide of North America, Second Edition (By:) (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Solve This!: Wild and Wacky Challenges for the Genius Engineer in You (By:) (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
National Geographic Kids Guide to Genealogy (By:) (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
National Geographic Kids Birthday Cards (By:Nancy Honovich) (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
National Geographic Kids Extreme Records (By:) (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
National Geographic Kids World Atlas, 5th Edition (By:) (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
National Geographic Kids My First Atlas of the World: A Child's First Picture Atlas (By:) (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Everything: Insects (By:) (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Everything: Rocks and Minerals (By:) (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Everything: Big Cats (By:) (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Everything: Dinosaurs (By:) (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Everything: Ancient Egypt (By:) (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Everything: Weather (By:) (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Everything: Volcanoes and Earthquakes (By:) (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Everything: Sharks (By:) (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Everything: Space (By:) (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Dog Science Unleashed: Fun Activities to do with your Canine Companion (By:) (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
National Geographic Kids Why Not?: Over 1,111 Answers to Everything (By:) (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Animal Zombies!: And Other Bloodsucking Beasts, Creepy Creatures, and Real-Life Monsters (By:) (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
How Things Work: Then and Now (By:) (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Ultimate Secrets Revealed: A Closer look at the Weirdest, Wildest Facts on Earth (By:Stephanie Warren Drimmer) (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
How To Speak Dog (By:) (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Puzzle Book - Horses & Ponies (By:) (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Puzzle Book Under The Sea (By:) (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
National Geographic Kids Dream Journal (By:) (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Don't Read This Book Before Dinner: Revoltingly true tales of foul food, icky animals, horrible history, and more (By:) (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Animal Showdown: Round Two (By:Stephanie Warren Drimmer) (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
National Geographic Readers: Deadly Animals Collection (By:) (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Nerd A to Z: Your Reference to Literally Figuratively Everything You've Always Wanted to Know (By:) (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Surprising Stories Behind Everyday Stuff (By:Stephanie Warren Drimmer) (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Ultimate Explorer Field Guides Rocks and Minerals (By:) (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Ultimate Explorer Field Guides British Birds (By:) (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Ultimate Explorer Field Guides Night Sky (By:) (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
National Geographic Kids Ultimate Weatherpedia: The most complete weather reference ever (By:Stephanie Warren Drimmer) (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Book of Queens: Legendary Leaders, Fierce Females, and Wonder Women Who Ruled the World (By:Stephanie Warren Drimmer) (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Book of Kings: Magnificent Monarchs, Notorious Nobles, and Distinguished Dudes Who Ruled the World (By:Stephanie Warren Drimmer) (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
British Trees (By:) (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Ultimate Explorer Insects (By:) (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Brain Games: Colossal Book of Cranium-Crushers (By:,Stephanie Warren Drimmer) (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Awesome Maths and English Age 7-9 (By:) (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Big Quiz Book (By:) (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Animal Showdown: Round Three: Surprising Animal Matchups with Surprising Results (By:Stephanie Warren Drimmer) (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
One Step Further: My Story of Math, the Moon, and a Lifelong Mission (By:,,Katherine Moore) (2021)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Beneath the Waves: Celebrating the Ocean Through Pictures, Poems, and Stories (By:Stephanie Warren Drimmer) (2021)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Oceans Find it! Explore it! (By:) (2021)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Animals Find it! Explore it! (By:) (2021)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Around the World Find it! Explore it! (By:) (2021)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Space Quiz Book (By:) (2021)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Our World Quiz Book (By:) (2021)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Animals Quiz Book (By:) (2021)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Puzzle Book Dogs (By:) (2021)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Everything: Stone Age to Iron Age (By:) (2021)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Everything: Romans in Britain (By:) (2021)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Everything: World War II (By:) (2021)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Everything: Anglo-Saxons (By:) (2021)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Weird but true! 2022 (By:) (2021)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Animal Riddles Book (By:) (2021)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Puzzle Book Deadly Creatures (By:) (2021)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The World’s Most Amazing Places (By:) (2021)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Big Puzzle Book: More than 250 brain-tickling quizzes (By:) (2021)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Mythical Beasts: 100 Fun Facts About Real Animals and the Myths They Inspire (By:Stephanie Warren Drimmer) (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
So Cool! Dinos (By:) (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Would you rather? Animals (By:) (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Everything: Football: Score tons of facts, photos and fun! (By:) (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Everything: Dogs (By:) (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Can't Get Enough Space Stuff: Fun Facts, Awesome Info, Cool Games, Silly Jokes, and More! (By:Stephanie Warren Drimmer) (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Can't Get Enough Space Stuff: Fun Facts, Awesome Info, Cool Games, Silly Jokes, and More! (By:Stephanie Warren Drimmer) (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Weird but true 2023 (By:) (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
National Geographic Wild Animal Atlas: Earth's Astonishing Animals and Where They Live (By:) (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Ultimate Mammalpedia (By:Stephanie Warren Drimmer) (2023)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Ultimate Book of Reptiles: Your guide to the secret lives of these scaly, slithery, and spectacular creatures! (By:Stephanie Warren Drimmer) (2023)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Jurassic Smarts: A jam-packed fact book for dinosaur superfans! (By:Stephanie Warren Drimmer) (2023)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Anthologies

Alone Together(2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Kwame Alexander is young adult fiction and children’s fiction author and poet who made his name advocating for introducing the art of writing and literary works to school going children. He made his debut writing the Newbery Medal award-winning novel The Crossover in 2014.

The author was born in New York, but spent much of his childhood and teenage years in Chesapeake, Virginia. It was a childhood full of books as his mother was an educator and his father a book publisher and scholar of quite some renown.

He did his premedical studies at Virginia Tech and then studied writing under Nikki Giovanni, the award-winning poet. His earliest exploits in literature was when he produced the 1994 published “The Flow” as an editor.

He would also become the president and founder of “BlackWords Press,” which operated between 1995 and 2005. He launched the Versify Imprint working with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, under which he published several children’s fiction.

For several years, he was the producer of an annual book festival targeted at a wide range of readers and writers. As a lover of poetry, he also lived for a time in Virginia, where he was poet in residence at several schools.

Alexander Kwame is best known as an educator, poet, and New York Times bestselling author of more than twenty novels including the Newbery winning John Newbery Medal.

He won the latter for a distinguished contribution to children’s literature. He also won sevenral other awards that included the Passaic Poetry Prize, the King Author Coretta Scott Award, the Lee Bennett Hopkins Award, and the NCTE Charlotte Huck Award.

Even though he is better known as a children’s fiction author, he has asserted that he writes for children of all ages as evidenced by the young adult novel “He Said She Said” and the middle grade novel “Booked.”

According to Kwame, poetry is a potent force for changing the world. As such, he makes use of the genre to empower and inspire children and young people through his Scholastic released “Page to Stage Publishing and Writing Program.”

Kwame is also a regular speaker at conferences and colleges across the United States, even as he travels across the globe spreading literary love in the likes of Shanghai, Singapore, France and Brazil.

He recently led a delegation of 20 activists and writers to Ghana, where they built a library, delivered books and taught literature to more than 300 teachers.

Over the years, he has also been involved in the writing of works that explain the technical aspects of authorship. Some of these include the 2018 published “In The Write Thing,” and the 2002 published “Do the Write Thing.”

Apart from his writing, he has also been involved in community based activities such as a non profit educational literacy service known as “Book in a Day.” The organization was founded to promote the writing and reading skills of children by encouraging them to write and publish poetry.

Given how much work he has done, “The Charleston City Paper” named him a phenomenon in the poetry world. He has also written scripts for the stage and television, and been the producer of several book festivals such as “The Washington Post” presented the “Capital BookFest.”

A collection of his correspondence, personal and professional documents and his writings known as the “Kwame Alexander Papers” are displayed at the Gelman Library at the George Washington University.

In “The Crossover,” the bestselling novel by Kwame Alexander, the author combines beautiful poetry with lyrical prose to tell the story of Josh and Jordan Bell who are thirteen year old basketball players. He makes use of basketball as a representation of life, as he imparts life lessons to middle grade learners in a non threatening way.

Jordan and Josh Bell are phenomenal sons of Chuck Bell, who had been a superstar player and Crystal Bell a junior high school principal. Josh is better in his studies and has aspirations of attending Duke, while Jordan wishes to follow in the footsteps of Michael Jordan and go to North Carolina to become a shooting guard.

Alexander Kwame tells of their exploits off and on the court through onomatopoeic poetry, which portrays basketball as an art form. In addition to playing basketball, the teenagers also experience teenage angst, as Alexis who becomes JB’s new girlfriend causes a huge rift between the brothers.

Nonetheless, their parents impart some vital life lessons that Kwame impairs to the reader through vocabulary words and basketball lessons. The author writes an entertaining story for middle grade learners, as he evokes past and current basketball stars, even as he managed to make for an entertaining story.

Kwame Alexander’s novel “Booked,” follows on from the heels of his debut, as he once again tells a poetic sports tale in the backdrop of teenage angst.
The lead in this work is a soccer player and gifted student Nick Hall who is dealing with the recent divorce of his parents. Nicholas Hall is introduced as a thirteen year old phenomenon in the classroom and soccer field.

Together with Coby, his best friend, he navigates a range of eight grade issues from asking a cute girl to homecoming to bullying.

In the meantime, his parents are getting a divorce as they had let their marriage rot by spending too much time at work. The situation at home is getting to Nick and Alexander explores these issues in the usual lyrical prose and onomatopoeic poetry.

The exchanges between the parents and the teenagers are in the form of asides and rap, instead of traditional dialogue, which makes it a lot of fun. Unlike in Crossover, sports takes a backseat in this work as Nick has many other facets to his life.

“Rebound,” by Kwame Alexander is a novel set in 1988, where Chuck Bell is an OK student in high school.

He was looking forward to having a good time hiking the national parks with his father when a brain hemorrhage killed him. The tragedy hits him hard and his interest in basketball and school suffers.

The only thing he can do is read comic books. He was looking forward to reading comic books in the summer when his mother says that he will be sent to his grandfather’s place for the holidays.

Percy, his grandfather and Alice, his grandmother, are wholesome characters that help him get his head straight. It is a family that has been playing basketball for generations and Alex gets to meetin Roxie, his cousin who is a phenomenon in his own right.

Full of pop culture references, poetry and empathetic characters it is an easy and fun read for young adult readers.

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