Kwame Alexander, a Newbery Medal recipient, author of “The Crossover,” spoke to Episcopal School students on Friday after speaking to LSU Lab students on Jan. 21.
Alexander answered students’ questions and signed copies of his book.
The Newbery Medal was named for 18th-century British bookseller John Newbery. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.
Alexander received the award in 2015.
In “The Crossover,” 12-year-old narrator Josh Bell uses the rhythms of a poetry jam to emulate the “moving and grooving/popping and rocking” of life on the basketball court with his twin brother, J.B.
Many sixth-graders studied “The Crossover.” It also has been a big hit with sports-minded kids in other grades.
Alexander has written more than 20 books, mostly in the form of poetry.