The undefeated by Alexander, Kwame (#1155YS4)


The undefeated

by Alexander, Kwame; illustrated by Nelson, Kadir
Hardcover Versify, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2019


From the Publisher
Winner of the 2020 Caldecott Medal A 2020 Newbery Honor Book Winner of the 2020 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award The Newbery Award-winning author of THE CROSSOVER pens an ode to black American triumph and tribulation, with art from a two-time Caldecott Honoree. Originally performed for ESPN's The Undefeated, this poem is a love letter to black life in the United States. It highlights the unspeakable trauma of slavery, the faith and fire of the civil rights movement, and the grit, passion, and perseverance of some of the world's greatest heroes. The text is also peppered with references to the words of Martin Luther King, Jr., Langston Hughes, Gwendolyn Brooks, and others, offering deeper insights into the accomplishments of the past, while bringing stark attention to the endurance and spirit of those surviving and thriving in the present. Robust back matter at the end provides valuable historical context and additional detail for those wishing to learn more.  
Reviews & Awards
  • Booklist starred, 02/15/19
  • Caldecott Medal, 2020
  • Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award, 2020
  • Horn Book Magazine starred, 03/01/19
  • Kirkus Reviews starred, 02/01/19
  • New York Times, 04/07/19
  • Newbery Honor, 2020
  • Publishers Weekly starred, 02/04/19
  • School Library Journal starred, 04/01/19
Product Details
  • Publisher: Versify, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication Date: April 2, 2019
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Dewey: 811
  • Classifications: Nonfiction
  • Description: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 28 x 29 cm
  • Tracings: Nelson, Kadir, illustrator.
  • ISBN-10: 1-32878-096-1
  • ISBN-13: 978-1-32878-096-6
  • LCCN: 2018-035030
  • Follett Number: 1155YS4
  • Interest Level: K-3
  • Reading Level: 2.5
  • ATOS Book Level: 2.6
  • AR Interest Level: LG
  • AR Points: .5
  • AR Quiz: 502169EN
  • Fountas & Pinnell: S