Yorbing Staff Tuesday April 9, 2019
WNYC The Takeaway April 9, 2019
Author Kwame Alexander doesn’t talk down to kids. Instead, he finds new ways to engage them, often through poetry.
His newest work, “The Undefeated,” is a picture book with illustrations by artist Kadir Nelson. It features a poem that Alexander first started writing over ten years ago, inspired by the birth of his second daughter and the presidency of Barack Obama.
Most of the book is an empowering look at the history of black Americans, but “The Undefeated” doesn’t shy away from the disturbing history of racism in the United States — pages are devoted to the trans-Atlantic slave trade and victims of police brutality.
The Takeaway spoke with Alexander about his approach to conversations on painful topics, both in his work and with his own children.