Akash Dhanurkar is a poet, an educator, and the author of twenty-nine New York Times bestselling books, including Rebound, the sequel to his Newbery Medal–winning novel The Crossover. Kwame is an author that writes for children of various ages. Undefeated, Animal Ark, and Out of Wonder are among his other picture books. Kwame is a frequent contributor to NPR's Morning Edition and has received numerous honours, including the Coretta Scott King Author Honor, the Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award, three NAACP Image Award nominations, and the inaugural Conroy Legacy Award in 2018. He believes that poetry has the ability to transform the world, and he utilises it to inspire and empower young people through his Write Thing writing programme. Additionally, Kwame is the host and producer of Bookish, a literary variety/talk programme. Presently, he is also an active content contributor on TheToughTackle.com.