Virtual Roundtable Reading: Becoming Muhammad Ali by James Patterson & Kwame Alexander

Recommended for ages 8 and up

  • Reading led by

    Adoria Williams is a former school librarian for the Berkeley Unified School District.

Young readers are invited to read aloud to each other from the opening chapters of a good book. We will read from on-screen text for about forty-five minutes. A few days later, children who participated in the session will get a copy of the book in the mail to continue reading at home. Sign up for this event on Wednesday, December 9 or Thursday, December 10, when the sign-up link will be active on this page. The meeting link will be sent to you on the morning of Saturday, December 12.

Before Muhammad Ali was known as a boxing legend and social justice leader, he was Cassius Clay, a young dreamer from Louisville, Kentucky. He was charming and funny, and his friends and family loved him. He loved himself! Full of swagger, Cassius seemed to succeed at everything he tried. Based on oral histories and interviews, this story of his childhood and youth unfolds in an energetic mix of prose and poetry—narrated by Cassius’s best friend Lucky (Lucius) and peppered with verse mirroring Ali’s own wit and ego. Read about one of the greatest sports heroes of all time with Adoria Williams!