Books by Kwame Alexander


Kwame Alexander is a poet, educator, and the New York Times bestselling author of more than thirty-five books, including his Newbery Medal-winning middle grade novel, The Crossover. Some of his other works include Booked, which was longlisted for the National Book Award; The Playbook: 52 Rules to Help You Aim, Shoot, and Score in This Game of Life; Swing; the picture books How to Read a Book and How to Write a Poem (coauthored with Deanna Nikaido), both illustrated by Melissa Sweet; and The Undefeated, illustrated by Kadir Nelson, which was longlisted for the National Book Award and won the Caldecott Medal, a Newbery Honor Award, and the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award. He is a regular contributor to NPR's Morning Edition, currently serving as their poet ambassador. He lives in Virginia with his family. Visit his website at


Our Story Begins: Your Favorite Authors and Illustrators...

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He Said, She Said

Kwame Alexander


How to Read a Book

Kwame Alexander and Melissa Sweet


Acoustic Rooster and His Barnyard Band

Kwame Alexander and Tim Bowers


The Crossover: A Newbery Award Winner

Kwame Alexander and Dawud Anyabwile


Surf's Up

Kwame Alexander and Daniel Miyares



Kwame Alexander and Mary Rand Hess


He Said/ She Said

Kwame Alexander