Kwame Alexander Joins Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators Board of Advisors

Award-winning Author Joins Organization’s Mission to Create and Make Available Quality Children’s Books Around the World

LOS ANGELES, April 18, 2017 — New York Times bestselling author and Newbery Medal winner Kwame Alexander (kwamealexander.com) joins SCBWI’s Board of Advisors effective immediately. Alexander is a poet, educator, author of 24 books and recipient of numerous awards for his novel in verse The Crossover, including the 2015 John Newbery Medal for Most Distinguished Contribution to American literature for Children, the Coretta Scott King Author Award Honor, The NCTE Charlotte Huck Honor, the Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award, and the Paterson Poetry Prize. Alexander writes for children of all ages.

SCBWI Executive Director Lin Oliver said, “The SCBWI Board of Advisors is comprised of the most prominent, thoughtful, and devoted creators in the field of children’s literature, who help define our mission, establish new programs, and serve our membership.  Having Kwame come aboard, bringing his commitment to the field and ardor for literature, is a gift to us all.”

SCBWI’s Board consists of leaders in the children’s publishing community including authors, illustrators, editors, art directors, and executives from leading publishing houses. Alexander is a renowned voice and expert regarding literacy advocacy.  He is also the founder of two organizations, Book-in-a-Day and LEAP for Ghana, and served as Bank Street College of Education’s first writer-in-residence.

Alexander said of his new position, “A big part of living the writerly life is surrounding yourself with like-minded creative people who embrace the responsibility that comes with writing books for young people. I'm excited to be a part of an organization that gets that."