Think positive, never give up, and follow what you're passionate about. Those were key words of advice from noted author Kwame Alexander when he visited with Heathwood students of all ages on February 11-12.
Alexander, the New York Times bestselling author of 21 books, including the 2015 Newbery Award winner, The Crossover, came to campus through the Heathwood Library's Visiting Author Series, which brings writers for children or young adults to Heathwood each year.
Over the course of his two-day visit, Alexander met with students in 3rd-12th grades, giving students a preview of his new book, Undefeated, which will be published in April, sharing stories from African American history, and offering advice about how to pursue your dreams. He also advised students to embrace the awkwardness of being a young person and find ways to turn it into something cool and fun--a process he modeled through interactive call-and response sessions, and by inviting audience members to come up and finish rhyming couplets he rapped from his books.
The Visiting Author Series, funded by proceeds from the Library's annual Great Used Book Sale, has in recent years also featured such popular children's authors as Edward Bloor and Donna Washington.