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A River of Words: the story of William Carlos Williams
written by Jen Bryant
illustrated by Melissa Sweet
Eerdman's Books for Young Readers, 2008
ISBN 978-0-8028-5302-8, hardcover, $17.00
Picture book, ages 8 through adult

Caldecott Honor Book

Willie loved to write—words gave him freedom and peace. But he also knew that he needed to earn a living, so when he grew up he went off to medical school and became a doctor—one of the busiest men in town! Yet he never stopped writing.

In this picture book biography of poet William Carlos Williams, Jen Bryant’s engaging prose and Melissa Sweet’s stunning mixed-media illustrations celebrate the amazing man whose poems about ordinary, everyday things will inspire young readers to create poems of their own.

Awards and Honors
About.com Best Children's Books of 2008
Book Links Lasting Connections of 2008
Caldecott Honor Book 2009
Christian Science Monitor Best Children's Books of 2008
CLN Chapter & Verse Book Club Selection
Cooperative Children's Book Center Charlotte Zolotow Honor Award 2009
Cybils Award Finalist 2008
Junior Library Guild Selection
Kirkus Reviews Best Children's Books of 2008
NCTE Notable Children's Books in the Language Arts 2009

NCTE Orbis Pictus Award 2009
New York Times Book Review Best Illustrated Children's Books of 2008
Parents' Choice Award Recommended winner 2008
School Library Journal Best Books 2008

Fairfield Writer's Blog writes about A River of Words ... a book for "writers of all ages."

Discussion Guide
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