S01E01 "Low Country Shrimp and Grits." Kwame Alexander and Randy Preston are on the SOLO book tour in Charleston, SC at the Charleston Public Library. They're talking to Jeff Kinney, author of Diary of a Wimpy Kid, about how to sell 200 million books! Oh my! SUBSCRIBE http://bit.ly/subscribetoBookish.
What is #Bookish? It’s about spreading the love of books, making books cool, helping kids feel like they can change the world one word at a time.
CHECK IT OUT
WHAT'S HAPPENING ON BOOKISH
0:16 It’s BOOKISH series premiere. What is BOOKISH? It’s about spreading the love of books, making books cool, helping kids feel like they can change the world one word at a time.
1:09 Kwame reads a poem from SOLO, his latest novel in verse, written with Mary Rand Hess.
2:01 Randy and Kwame sing a song inspired by SOLO. Check it out on the SOLO audiobook.
2:50 Kwame, Mary, and Randy have been getting a lot of love from students, librarians, and teachers around the country. Kwame reads fan mail!
5:15 Kwame and Randy ask Questions That Need Answers:
-What is it like traveling with Kwame Alexander?
-How many books do you have to sell to be on the New York Times bestseller list?
6:16 Kwame calls Jeff Kinney, author of DIARY OF A WIMPY KID! Jeff talks creating his own bookstore, An Unlikely Story, and working on DIARY OF A WIMPY KID for eight years before it was published.
11:02 What’s coming next from Jeff Kinney? Jeff talks about DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: THE GETAWAY (Book 12).
11:47 What are you reading? What do you want to read? Randy wants to read THE ROOSTER’S GARDEN by Olivia A. Cole. Kwame is reading THE CUBAN AFFAIR by Nelson DeMille and wants to read QUEEN SUGAR by Natalie Baszile.
Be a star!
Kwame Alexander is a poet, educator, and the New York Times Bestselling author of 28 books, including SWING, SOLO, and REBOUND, the follow-up to his, NEWBERY medal-winning middle grade novel, THE CROSSOVER. Some of his other works include BOOKED, a NATIONAL BOOK AWARD Nominee, THE PLAYBOOK: 52 RULES TO HELP YOU AIM, SHOOT, AND SCORE IN THIS GAME OF LIFE, and the picture books, OUT OF WONDER, SURF'S UP, and THE UNDEFEATED.
Randy Preston is a singer-songwriter, educator and storyteller, who grew up on 3 different continents. Raised in England and Kenya, he gained a deep appreciation for the lore, the myths and the legends of the places he has lived. This love of words and storytelling led to reams of bad poetry, a degree in English Literature, a mildly successful Christian rock band, and culminated in an 18-year teaching career, from the high school classroom to the university lecture hall.
Most recently, Randy has been touring with Kwame visiting schools and special events to entertain and engage people through catchy music and interactive storytelling. He’s written original songs for Kwame’s latest novels in verse REBOUND and SOLO.
Jeff Kinney didn’t grow up wanting to be a children’s author. His dream was to become a newspaper cartoonist, but he wasn’t able to get his comic strips syndicated. In 1998 Jeff came up with the idea for Diary of a Wimpy Kid, a story about a middle-school weakling named Greg Heffley. Jeff worked on his book for almost eight years before showing it to a publisher in New York.
The first Diary of a Wimpy Kid book was published in 2007 and became an instant bestseller. Just a year later, more than 100,000 copies were in print in the United States alone. With each subsequent book, in-print numbers continue to grow exponentially both in the U.S. and abroad. There are now more than 200 million copies of the series in print worldwide.
KEEP IN TOUCH WITH KWAME
GRAB A COPY OF SOLO
From your local independent bookstore http://bit.ly/SOLOatIndieBound
From Amazon http://bit.ly/SOLOatAmazon
From Barnes & Noble http://bit.ly/SOLOatBN
GRAB A COPY OF REBOUND
From your local independent bookstore http://bit.ly/REBOUNDatIndieBound
From Amazon http://bit.ly/REBOUNDatAmazon
From Barnes & Noble http://bit.ly/REBOUNDatBN
Host and Executive Producer: Kwame Alexander
Executive Producer: Angel Tyree Johnson
Producer: Danielle Koon
Musical Director: Randy Preston
Director: Angel Tyree Johnson
Editor: Wes “Artistic iQ” Stewart