We have a new definition for the word cool: Kwame Alexander. He is one cool customer and we got to interview him for a special bonus podcast this week!
Kwame is the Newbery winning poet whose books are turning a whole generation of Internet gamers and readers into true-blue lovers of poetry! For that achievement, he gets a Poetry Teatime High Five!
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The Crossover is a coming-of-age story told through a mix of free verse and hip-hop poetry that uses basketball as its subject. Publishers turned down Kwame's book proposal dozens of times. Julie Bogart asked Kwame about it in the interview. His answer is hilarious! You'll want to hear it.
You can download show notes for the episode.
A Boomerang for The Crossover
One more thing! Brave Writer offers a Boomerang (the language arts tool that uses living literature to teach writing mechanics and literary devices through copywork and dictation) specifically for The Crossover. You can purchase it now as a single issue. Geared toward 7th to 10th graders, this Boomerang pops and sizzles with a wild variety of punctuation choices, font sizes and styles, and rhythmic language.