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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, short story writing events and more. Each year, a notable children's author visits to share insights with participants on writing and reading.
North Thurston Public Schools, Lacey Timberland Regional Library, City of Lacey and Lacey South Sound Chamber are proud to bring you this free, award-winning community literacy program. This year's author will visit the Lacey community and district schools Feb. 18-19, 2016

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 advocate 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 http://www.bookinaday.org/
  • 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 & 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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