We haven’t had many opportunities to meet and talk about books in April. And there are so many great books in verse for Poetry Month. With the few remaining days, I have a couple to highlight.
Today’s book is The Crossover by Kwame Alexander. How do I love this book? Let me count the ways.*
- It’s about basketball. I’m not much of a sports fan, but there are two that get me: professional baseball and high school or college basketball. There’s a grace to basketball that comes through in the poetry. They go so well together.
- It’s about siblings. Josh has a twin brother Jordan. They should get along. They should be each other’s best friend. They’re not. And it’s complicated.
- It’s about family. Josh’s parents are real characters in the story. They’re not stupid adults; they’re not mean adults; they’re just real adults.
- Vocabulary. Okay, this is where my teacher dorkiness comes in. Every so often, Alexander will use a term in a poem. The next poem will be a definition of that term. Not a basketball person? Not sure what a crossover is? There’s a poem for that. You do know what a crossover is? Have you ever heard it described in verse?
The book is a quick read…but don’t blow through it too quickly. You’ll miss some of the beauty of the poetry and the basketball.
*Junk to anyone who can name the literary allusion there. Mrs. Selinsky, you are not eligible.