Meet this year’s Newbery Award winner, Kwame Alexander!
Bookshop Santa Cruz is delighted to welcome Kwame Alexander, whose novel-in-verse about twin brothers who are basketball stars, The Crossover, won this year’s Newbery medal, the highest honor for children’s literature.
Alexander will join us in our Children’s Books section to sign copies of his award-winning book for middle school readers, as well as Acoustic Rooster and His Barnyard Band, his introduction to jazz for young readers.
How do you get reluctant readers to fall in love with a book? Alexander—who visits hundreds of schools each year, sharing poetry, conducting workshops, and reading his books—believes you have to offer them something relatable. In The Crossover, basketball is the hook to persuade kids to read.