Saturday, April 15, 2017

A morning with Kwame Alexander

Thanks to our librarian extraordinaire Kari Ahern, and the support of the Flying Pig Bookstore - over 200 of our 4th - 7th grade students had the wonderful opportunity to meet with world famous author Kwame Alexander in a special gathering at Burlington High School.  Here are a few pictures from the day - what an opportunity!!




The presentation was a wonderful mix of story telling, song and sharing Kwame's inspiration for all young people to reach for their dreams and make a difference in the world.   Here is a short video shared by Kari to give you a small sense of the fun everyone enjoyed.

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If you haven't heard of Kwame - here is a short biography to give you a sense of just what an incredible opportunity this was.

Kwame Alexander is a poet, educator, and the New York Times Bestselling author of 24 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. Kwame writes for children of all ages. Some of his other works include THE PLAYBOOK: 52 RULES TO HELP YOU AIM, SHOOT, AND SCORE IN THIS GAME OF LIFE; the picture books, ANIMAL ARK, OUT OF WONDER and SURF'S UP; and novels BOOKEDHE SAID SHE SAID, and the forthcoming SOLO.
Kwame believes that poetry can change the world, and he uses it to inspire and empower young people through his PAGE TO STAGE Writing and Publishing Program. A regular speaker at schools and conferences in the U.S., he also travels the world planting seeds of literary love: Singapore, Brazil, Italy, France, Shanghai, and recently, Alexander led a delegation of 20 writers and activists to Ghana, where they delivered books, built a library, and provided literacy professional development to 300 teachers, as a part of LEAP for Ghana, an International literacy program he co-founded. In 2015, Kwame served as Bank Street College of Education’s Inaugural Dorothy M. Carter writer-in-residence. The Kwame Alexander Papers, a collection of his writings, correspondence, and other professional and personal documents is held at the George Washington University Gelman Library.
          from website:   http://kwamealexander.com/


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