Visiting Author for Schools: Kwame Alexander
DATE OF SCHOOL VISIT
Wednesday, April 12, 2017 (Kwame will visit two schools; one in the morning and one in the afternoon.)
WHY HOST KWAME?
He's a Newbery award-winning author and it's National Poetry Month! Because, well, it's KWAME!
ABOUT THE BOOK: Animal Ark: Celebrating Our Wild World in Poetry and Pictures from National Geographic
A howling wolf, a stalking tiger, a playful panda, a dancing bird – pairing the stunning photography of National Geographic photographer, Joel Sartore, with the delicate mix of poetry and prose of Newbery award-winning author Kwame Alexander, this lush picture book celebrates the beauty, diversity, and fragility of the animal world. Featuring more than 40 unique animal portraits, the pages invite kids to explore each creature's markings, textures, and attributes in stunning detail, while calling on all of us to help protect each and every one. Three picture-packed gatefolds inside showcase even more familiar and exotic species. These images are part of Sartore's lifelong project to photograph every animal in the world, with special attention given to disappearing and endangered species.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Kwame Alexander is a poet, educator, and New York Times bestselling author of 21 books, including The Crossover, which received the 2015 John Newbery Medal for the Most Distinguished Contribution to American Literature for Children. His other recent works include Booked, Surf’s Up, and He Said, She Said. He is the founder of Book-in-a-Day, a student-run publishing program that has created more than 3,000 student authors in 75 schools; and LEAP for Ghana, an international literacy project that builds libraries, trains teachers, and empowers children through literature. In 2015, Kwame served as Bank Street College of Education's first writer-in-residence. Visit Kwame at www.kwamealexander.com.
LENGTH & TOPIC OF PRESENTATION
For Grades K-2, Kwame’s school program features read-alouds, storytelling, and multimedia performances incorporating children’s poetry, and Kwame’s latest children's picture book, Animal Ark: Celebrating Our Wild World in Poetry and Pictures. He will also include references to his previous picture books, Surf’s Up and Acoustic Rooster and His Barnyard Band.
SCHOOL TYPE & GRADES
Elementary school. Grades K-2 for a 30 minute presentation.
LOCATION OF PRESENTATION
Kwame will perform in a theater/auditorium/library or media center. He avoids gyms and cafeterias.
DESIRED # OF STUDENTS
A large, assembly-type group.
Wireless microphone - preferably a lavalier or headset or lapel. He moves around a lot. And, a bottle of water.
Tattered Cover will design an order form that the school should distribute in advance of the author visit, and again on the day of the event to all student attendees.
ONLINE ORDERING LINK
Link to share with students and their families to order Kwame's books: www.tatteredcover.com/book-list-kwame-alexander Please be sure to ask them to include the name of your school in the Notes section of the order, and if they'd like to pick the book up at school, too.