Lacey Loves to Read is a community reading initiative designed to generate the discussion and celebration of a notable author. It includes a bookmark creation contest held district-wide with prizes, events and more. Each year, a notable children's author visits to share insights with participants on writing and reading.

Kwame Alexander

2016 Lacey Loves to Read Author: Kwame Alexander! 

Kwame Alexander is a poet, educator, New York Times Bestselling author of 21 books, and recipient of the 2015 Newbery Medal for his novel, The Crossover. The founder of two organizations, Book-in-a-Day and LEAP for Ghana, he regularly travels the world as a literacy advoate and expert. Kwame has owned several publishing companies, written for stage and TV (TLC's "Hip Hop Harry"), recorded a CD, produced jazz and book festivals, hosted a radio show, and taught high school English. In 2015, Kwame served as Bank Street College of Education’s first writer-in-residence. Visit him at
  • The Crossover (2014)
  • The Crossover He Said She Said (2013)
  • Acoustic Rooster and His Barnyard Band (2011)
  • Indigo Blume and the Garden City (2010)
  • And Then You Know: New and Selected Poems (2009)
  • An American Poem (2008)
  • Crush: Love Poem for Teenagers (2008)
  • Family Pictures: Poems and Photographs Celebrating Our Loved Ones, ed.
  • Crush: Love Poems (2007)
  • Dancing Naked on the Floor: Poems and Essays (2005)
  • The Way I Walk: short stories and poems for Young Adults, ed.
  • Dancing Naked on the Floor: poems and essays (2004)
  • Do The Write Thing Journal for Writers (2002)
  • Do The Write Thing: 7 Steps to Publishing Success (2002)
  • Kupenda: Love Poems (2000)
  • 360°: A Revolution of Black Poets, ed with Kalamu Ya Salaam. (1998)
  • Tough Love: Cultural Criticism and Familial Observations on the Life and Death of Tupac Shakur, ed. with Michael Datcher (1996)
  • Just Us: Poems & Counterpoems, 1986-1995 (1995)
  • The Flow: New Black Poets in Motion, ed. (1993)
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