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Film, Video Kwame Alexander on Literacy

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  • Kwame Alexander on Literacy


  • Kwame Alexander addresses the importance of literacy at the 2016 Library of Congress National Book Festival.

Event Date

  • September 24, 2016


  • -  Kwame Alexander is a poet, educator and best-selling author of 21 books, including "The Crossover," which 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. Alexander writes for children of all ages; his other works include "Surf's Up," a picture book, and "He Said, She Said," a young adult novel. A regular speaker at schools and conferences, he travels the world planting seeds of literary love. Each year, Alexander leads a delegation of writers, educators and activists to Ghana as part of LEAP for Ghana, an international literacy program he co-founded that builds libraries and provides literacy professional development for teachers. Alexander's latest work is the novel "Booked."

Running Time

  • 1 minutes

Online Format

  • video
  • image





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