Lucky me! I got to see Kwame Alexander in action.
Words Bookstore in Maplewood, NJ was Kwame’s second stop on The Official Rebound Bus Tour. REBOUND is the follow-up to his, Newbery-medal winning middle grade novel, THE CROSSOVER. It was standing room only to see this celebrity of Kidlit, but we were told his bus hadn’t arrived. Bus? Who takes the bus when the train station is right in town? I didn’t realize this was the bus…
Wow! Before Kwame read from his new book, he talked about what was in his bus–beds, bathroom, kitchen–the whole shebang!
Then he asked if there was a kid in the audience who could beatbox, and he, the musician who travels with him, and the kid performed an excerpt from REBOUND. Awesome! He said, “Sports are the hook, but the books are really about life.”
Before Josh and Jordan Bell were streaking up and down the court, their father was learning his own moves. In this prequel to Newbery Medal winner The Crossover, Chuck Bell takes center stage, as readers get a glimpse of his childhood and how he became the jazz music worshipping, basketball star his sons look up to. Goodreads.
Not only did Kwame talk about his new book, he spoke about reading, writing, rejection and perseverance. I wanted to cry.
If you say something twelve times, your heart catches up.
Books are like amusement parks. You have to let kids choose the rides.
The hardest part of writing a book is actually writing the book.
All the kids need all the books.
Words are the great connector. (Love, love, love this!)
Want to see Kwame in action, too? Click here to see a video of him reading excerpts from The Crossover.