The Right Word
La Palabra Exacta: Roget y Tu Tesauro
La Palabra Exacta. Roget y su Tesauro Spanish edition of The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus is now available
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The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus
written by Jen Bryant
illustrated by Melissa Sweet
Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, 2014
ISBN 978-0-8028-5385-1, hardcover, $17.50
Picture book, all ages

For shy young Peter Mark Roget, books were the best companions— and it wasn’t long before Peter began writing his own book. But he didn’t write stories; he wrote lists. Peter took his love for words and turned it to organizing ideas and finding exactly the right word to express just what he thought. His lists grew and grew, eventually becoming one of the most important reference books of all time.

"Readers of all ages will marvel at Roget’s life, depicted through lyrical text and brilliantly detailed illustrations. This elegant book celebrates the joy of learning and the power of words."

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Read Jen and Melissa’s Sibert Award acceptance speeches.
Learn more about the "Sibert Award."
Watch Jen talk about learning that The Right Word had won the 2015 Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal.
Read more about Melissa Sweet’s process for creating the art for The Right Word here.
Read a brief summary of Roget’s life here.
See a page of the Thesaurus at the Karpeles Manuscript Library,
which preserves the entire original copy of Roget’s manuscript.
Search or download the 1911 version, courtesy of Project Gutenberg.
Feel free to download this discussion guide for use with your students.
More terrific teaching ideas for The Right Word.
The Right Word is in good company in the New York Times. audio clips
“This picture-book biography from the creators of A River of Words is a feat of esthetic excellence that conveys Peter Roget's love of words and ideas.”—Jennifer M. Brown, "Shelf Talker" (Read the full review.)

Awards and Honors
ABC Best Books Catalog (American Booksellers Association)
Booklist’s 2014 Lasting Connections
Booklist Editor's Choice List—Books for Youth: nonfiction
Caldecott Honor Book
CLSC Young Readers selection for 2015
Elizabeth Kennedy’s “Best Illustrated Children's Books of 2014” (

Eureka! Honor Award
, 2014
Horn Book Magazine‘s Best Books of 2014
The Horn Book Fanfare 2014
Huffington Post Best Picture Books of 2014
IRA Reading Today Online Best Picture Books of 2014
Junior Library Guild Selection
Kirkus Prize Finalist, 2014
Kirkus Review Best of 2014—Children's Books
Maine Lupine Book Award
Nerdy Book Club’s 2014 Nerdy Awards for Nonfiction Picture Books
New York Times Notable Children’s Books 2014
Orbis Pictus Honor Book 2015 (NCTE)
Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal
Publishers Weekly
Best Books of 2014
SCBWI Golden Kite Award for Illustration
School Library Journal Best Books 2014
Society of Illustrators Original Art Exhibit 2014 selection
Starred review in Booklist
Starred review in Horn Book
Starred review in Kirkus

Starred review in Publishers Weekly
Starred review in School Library Journal
Texas Bluebonnet Master List for 2015-16 

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