"You achieve your destiny when you block out the world saying no and hear your voice saying yes…". Kwame Alexander listens to his voice. He is a poet, educator, and a New York Times Best-selling author of 32 books, including The Crossover, the 2015 Newbery medal winner for "most distinguished contribution to American literature for children". Kwame has received a National Book Award Nominee for his novel Booked and has been the recipient of The Coretta Scott King Author Honor, The Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Prize, three NAACP Image Award Nominations, and the 2017 Inaugural Pat Conroy Legacy Award. His appointment in 2018 as the NEA Read Across America Ambassador highlights Kwame’s belief in the power of poetry and literature to inspire, engage, and empower young people - a belief that serves as the guiding force behind the #AllBooksForAllKids initiative Kwame created in partnership with Follett.