Kwame Alexander on Reaching Reluctant Readers
Fortunately, Alexander found his way back to books through his interest in sports writing. In college, he discovered a love of poetry which eventually led to creating children’s books in verse — specifically aimed at reluctant readers.
The kids see all that white space. They’re thinking, ‘I can get through this pretty quickly.’ Plus they’re getting . . . that energy, that rhythm, that movement. . . . It’s all in the power of poetry. (The Washington Post)