Poet, educator, and New York Times bestselling author Kwame Alexander kicks off summer reading with his latest book, The Playbook: 52 Rules to Aim, Shoot, and Score in This Game Called Life. A strategy guide written with middle grade readers in mind but motivational for all ages, The Playbook “rules” contain wisdom from inspiring athletes and role models such as Nelson Mandela, Serena Williams, LeBron James, Carli Lloyd, Steph Curry, and Michelle Obama. Alexander also provides his own poetic and uplifting words, as he shares stories of overcoming obstacles and winning games. This is a great compilation for anyone needing a little encouragement.
The author of 21 books, Alexander writes for children of all ages. His book The Crossover received the 2015 Newbery Medal and the Coretta Scott King Author Award Honor, in addition to many accolades. His other works include Surf's Up, a picture book; Crush: Love Poems for Teenagers; and He Said, She Said, a YA novel.
"An accomplished author and poet, Alexander eloquently mashes up concrete poetry, hip-hop, a love of jazz, and a thriving family bond. The effect is poetry in motion."—Booklist