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A River of Words
The Story of William Carlos Williams

Ages 7 & up
Full-color Illustrations Throughout
Lexile: AD820L
HARDCOVER; Published: 7/9/2008
ISBN: 978-0-8028-5302-8
Price: $ 18.00
40 Pages
Trim Size, in inches: 9 x 10
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A Junior Library Guild Selection

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.

Read more about this book on Eerdlings.

Interview with Jen Bryant
Interview with Melissa Sweet

American Library Association, Caldecott Award Honor Book (2009)
New York Times Book Review, Best Illustrated Children's Books of 2008
Cooperative Children's Book Center, Charlotte Zolotow Honor Award (2009)
Kirkus Reviews, Best Children's Books of 2008
Christian Science Monitor, Best Children's Books of 2008
School Library Journal, Best Books 2008
International Reading Association, Teacher's Choice List (2009)
Book Links, Lasting Connections of 2008
National Council of Teachers of English, Notable Children's Books in the Language Arts (2009)
National Council of Teachers of English, Orbis Pictus Award, Recommended Books List (2009)
Children's Book Council, Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People (2009)
Cooperative Children's Book Center, CCBC Choices (2009)
Maine Library Association, Lupine Picture Book Award Winner (2008)
Children's Literature Association of Utah, Beehive Award Nominee (2010)
Keystone State Reading Association, Keystone to Reading Book Award Nominee (2009–2010)
Diamond State Reading Association, Delaware Diamonds Nominee List (2009–2010)
About.com, Best Children's Books of 2008
Children's Crown Award Reading Programs, Children's Crown Award, Nominee (2010-2011)
Junior Library Guild, Selection
Parents' Choice Award, Recommended winner (2008)
Cybils Award, Finalist (2008)
Museum Store Association, Buyers Choice Award Finalist (2010)
Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review
"With plain words, appropriate to the style of this master of clear and precisely worded poetry, and brilliant images, Bryant and Sweet introduce Williams and his poetry in a fresh, accessible way. . . It is entirely possible that this offering will not only acquaint readers with the man and his poetry but will also inspire creativity — Williams would no doubt be pleased."
School Library Journal, Starred Review
"This stunning picture-book biography combines a lyrical text with wonderfully creative mixed-media illustrations in an impressive and personal homage to an extraordinary and accomplished man."
Curriculum Connections, School Library Journal
"This gorgeous collage of words and images reveals bits and snatches of Williams's life?an ordinary childhood, a love of science and nature, a busy medical career, and a quiet obsession with poetry. The writer's words are incorporated into the colorful multimedia artwork, creating a lively, lyrical picture-book biography."