Author and poet Kwame Alexander has been named the 2017 Collaborative Summer Library Program National Summer Reading Champion for the “Build a Better World” theme. Titles by this author include Booked, The Crossover, Surf’s up, a picture book, and He Said She Said, a young adult novel. He has received the 2015 John Newbery Medal for the Most Distinguished Contribution to American literature for Children, the Coretta Scott King Author Award Honor, The NCTE Charlotte Huck Honor, the Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award, and the Paterson Poetry Prize.
Kwame Alexander is very passionate about spreading his love for literature. He is a regular guest speaker at schools and conferences. He travels the world spreading his love for literature wherever he goes, including Singapore, Brazil, Italy, France, and Shanghai. Each year, Kwame leads a delegation of educators, writers, and activists to Ghana as a part of the LEAP for Ghana program, which is an international literacy program that he co-founded. The program builds libraries and provides literacy professional development for teachers.