Kwame Alexander Poems

Kwame Alexander is an American poet and author of children’s literature. His 2015 novel, The Crossover, won the Newbery Medal. He won the same award for The Undefeated, an illustrated poem. His novels include Booked, Solo, and Swing and his picture books include Little Boys Soar, Surf’s Up, and How to Read a Book.

Basketball Rule #1

by Kwame Alexander

‘Basketball Rule #1’ is one of several rules that feature in Kwame Alexander’s book The Crossover. The novel won the

Kwame Alexander is a contemporary author who is known for his sports writing. This poem is one of his best-known and explores family relationships, basketball, and more. The speaker values honestly, kindness, and sportsmanship.

In this game of life

your family is the court

and the ball is your heart.

No matter how good you are,

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