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    kwame alexander Quotes

    There are places and spaces for black writers to write about race as a central thing. It's important. We're still dealing with the remnants of slavery. We're still dealing with racism on a daily basis. For me, I choose to write books about black people where we are normal. I was raised to believe that I deserve to be in a room just like anybody else. I try to write books like that.
    — Kwame Alexander
    If your father, who is known for carrying around a belt, told you to read a book, you went and did it. I've never spanked my kid - I think because in my household you were afraid. If you did something wrong and got caught, you were getting spanked.
    — Kwame Alexander
    tags: wrong  book  read  father  kids  afraid 
     
    We expect kids to go straight from Shel Silverstein to William Shakespeare. There needs to be a bridge of relatable, fun, rhythmic verse that gets kids to cross over, so to speak, so they can appreciate Mary Oliver and Naomi Shihab Nye and Langston Hughes.
    — Kwame Alexander
    tags: fun  kids  appreciate 
     
    That's all you really hope for from a book - that it's going to resonate with young people and empower them in some way. I believe poetry can get kids reading.
    — Kwame Alexander
    tags: people  young  believe  reading  poetry  book  hope  kids 
     
    You can't have a dream come true if you don't have a dream. You can't write a book if you don't write.
    — Kwame Alexander
    tags: true  book  write  dreams 
     
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