Children's Bookshow Digital Festival 2021

Digital event

Past event

Kwame Alexander's live digital performance

How did it go?

Our afternoon event on the first day of The Children's Bookshow Digital Festival was with the awesome American writer, Kwame Alexander who joined us from London where he's currently based. A baseball-capped Kwame, against a backdrop of images of American icons, blasted onto our screens with an infectious energy. He talked of his love of words and writing growing up and how he overcame repeated rejection before becoming the successful published writer he is today. It was powerful and moving to hear a reading of The Undefeated by the man himself. Kwame answered oodles of questions from children and teachers as well as posing some of his own and left us feeling inspired and ready to start writing.

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Wednesday, 3rd March 2021
1:30 pm
Approx. 45 minutes
Age range:
Years 5 and 6

How do digital performances work?

We will broadcast direct into your classroom, using the online platform Crowdcast. You can watch the digital event on the whiteboard in your classroom. There is lots more guidance at the bottom of this page - click the button below!

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Kwame Alexander

Kwame Alexander is a poet, educator and New York Times bestselling author, who has won numerous awards including the Newbery Medal for the most distinguished contribution to American Literature for children.

Praise for The Undefeated

Alexander's magnificent anthem to the courage and genius of black Americans is paired with stunning portraits by Nelson

Publishers Weekly, Best Children’s and YA Books of 2019

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