Blog Tour: The Playbook: 52 Rules to Aim, Shoot, and Score in This Game Called Life by Kwame Alexander, Thai Neave (Photographs)

Hardcover, 176 pages
Expected publication: February 14th 2017 by HMH Books for Young Readers
Source: ARC from Raincoast Books

Rule #9

Don’t let others
run over you.

Always
stand your ground.

Defend
your position.

Kwame Alexander is one of my favourite poets/writers because his words are always so dynamic, so filled with movement and passion. In The Playbook he collects rules ostensibly for basketball but which are also wholly applicable to real life situations. These rules are presented in short poems that are succinct and powerful. Accompanying them are photographs by the superbly talented Thai Neave and quotes from legendary athletes who have all carved out places for themselves in history.

This book will appeal to those who don’t usually read, those who are often more involved in getting out there and playing. Alexander’s essays, included at different points in the book, give further insight into the author and into the game(s) that he played during his formative years. His own experiences at failing and succeeding give his advice both sincerity and depth.

The PlaybookΒ can be used in so many ways in the classroom to inspire and teach children on different levels and in different ways. ItΒ will make a wonderful gift to the little athlete in your life who is doing his best to succeed but may occasionally need the inspiration that is present in bountiful amounts in this book.

Definitely, strongly, recommended.

Rule #19

When you are hot, shoot.
When you are not, pass.
Champions hide
their weaknesses
with their strengths.

Kwame Alexander is a poet, educator, and New York Times Bestselling author of 21 books, including THE CROSSOVER, which received the 2015 John Newbery Medal for the 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 Passaic Poetry Prize. Kwame writes for children of all ages. His other works include SURF’S UP, a picture book; BOOKED, a middle grade novel; and He Said She Said, a YA novel.

Kwame believes that poetry can change the world, and he uses it to inspire and empower young people through his PAGE TO STAGE Writing and Publishing Program released by Scholastic. A regular speaker at colleges and conferences in the U.S., he also travels the world planting seeds of literary love (Singapore, Brazil, Italy, France, Shanghai, etc.). Recently, Alexander led a delegation of 20 writers and activists to Ghana, where they delivered books, built a library, and provided literacy professional development to 300 teachers, as a part of LEAP for Ghana, an International literacy program he co-founded.