Kwame Alexander is a poet, educator, and New York Times Bestselling author of 21 books, including BOOKED, SURF'S UP, and THE CROSSOVER, which received the 2015 John Newbery Medal, the NCTE Charlotte Huck Honor, The Paterson Poetry Prize, the Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award, and the Coretta Scott King Author Award Honor. His other works include Acoustic Rooster and His Barnyard Band (The 2014 Michigan Reads One Book Selection), and Kwame Alexander's Page to Stage Writing Workshop, a curriculum based on his Book-in-a-Day student-run publishing program that created more than 5000 student authors in 75 schools between 2006-2015. He is the founder of LEAP for Ghana, an international literacy project that builds libraries, trains teachers, and empowers children through literature. He visits schools and libraries, has owned several publishing companies, written for stage and television (TLC's "Hip Hop Harry"), produced jazz and book festivals, and taught in a high school. In 2015, Kwame served as Bank Street College of Education’s Inaugural Dorothy M. Carter writer-in-residence. Visit him at KwameAlexander.com.