Books by Kwame Alexander

THE CROSSOVER by Kwame Alexander
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 24, 2019

"Flashy and engaging with emotional depth—a slam-dunk thrill. (Graphic fiction. 10-12)"
This graphic-novel adaptation of Alexander's 2015 Newbery Medal winner offers powerful visuals to an already-cherished narrative of teenage black boys navigating the game of life. Read full book review >
HOW TO READ A BOOK by Kwame Alexander
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 18, 2019

"New readers will be eager to follow such unconventional instructions, and experienced readers will recognize every single step. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A linguistic and visual feast awaits in Alexander and Sweet's debut collaboration. Read full book review >
THE UNDEFEATED by Kwame Alexander
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 2, 2019

"An incredible connector text for young readers eager to graduate to weighty conversations about our yesterday, our now, and our tomorrow. (Picture book/poetry. 6-12)"
Past and present are quilted together in this innovative overview of black Americans' triumphs and challenges in the United States. Read full book review >
SWING by Kwame Alexander
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 2, 2018

"Lively, moving, and heartfelt. (Fiction. 14-18)"
Seventeen-year-old Noah struggles with the feelings he has for Sam, a childhood friend, and is encouraged to express himself by an ebullient buddy. Read full book review >
REBOUND by Kwame Alexander
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 2, 2018

"An eminently satisfying story of family, recovery, and growing into manhood. (Historical verse fiction. 10-12)"
In this prequel to Newbery Award-winning The Crossover (2014), Alexander revisits previous themes and formats while exploring new ones. Read full book review >
SOLO  by Kwame Alexander
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"A contemporary hero's journey, brilliantly told. (Verse fiction. 14-adult)"
The 17-year-old son of a troubled rock star is determined to find his own way in life and love. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 14, 2017

"A magnificent exploration of the poetic imagination. (Picture book/poetry. 8-14)"
Powerhouse poet Alexander, along with friends Colderley and Wentworth, offers a culturally rich collection of poetic tributes that extends the legacies of poets from around the globe. Read full book review >
THE PLAYBOOK by Kwame Alexander
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"This will appeal to fans of Alexander's previous middle-grade novels as well as young sports fans. (Nonfiction. 10-12)"
Building on the great success of his Newbery-winning The Crossover (2014), Alexander provides advice and life lessons to young readers, drawn mostly from the world of sports and organized by a schema of "rules." Read full book review >
ANIMAL ARK by Kwame Alexander
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"Beautiful photos, with an impact heightened (sometimes to somewhat dizzying altitudes) by the accompanying words. (author's, photographer's notes) (Informational picture book/poetry. 6-12)"
The Newbery medalist matches bursts of poetic commentary to dozens of dramatic close-ups, mostly of creatures classified as endangered or threatened. Read full book review >
BOOKED by Kwame Alexander
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 5, 2016

"A satisfying, winning read. (Fiction. 10-12)"
Nick Hall is a bright eighth-grader who would rather do anything other than pay attention in class. Read full book review >
SURF'S UP by Kwame Alexander
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2016

"A warmhearted tribute to reading. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A sunny day near the ocean means different kinds of excitement for frog friends Bro and Dude. Read full book review >
THE CROSSOVER by Kwame Alexander
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 18, 2014

"Poet Alexander deftly reveals the power of the format to pack an emotional punch. (Verse fiction. 9-12)"
Basketball-playing twins find challenges to their relationship on and off the court as they cope with changes in their lives. Read full book review >
HE SAID, SHE SAID by Kwame Alexander
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Nov. 19, 2013

"Urban-fiction readers will enjoy this, but it will also appeal to any teen reader seeking a romantic read with lots of fun. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
A star high school quarterback bets he can get the attention of a girl who claims not to be interested by leading a protest for a cause she champions. Read full book review >
ACOUSTIC ROOSTER AND HIS BARNYARD BAND by Kwame Alexander
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

Winning actually isn't everything, as jazz-happy Rooster learns when he goes up against the legendary likes of Mules Davis and Ella Finchgerald at the barnyard talent show. Read full book review >