A River of Words

A River of Words

The Story of William Carlos Williams

By Jennifer Bryant; Melissa Sweet (Illustrator)

Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, Hardcover, 9780802853028, 1pp.

Publication Date: August 2008

2009 Caldecott Honor Book
An ALA Notable Book
A New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Book
A Charlotte Zolotow Honor Book
NCTE Notable Children's Book
When he wrote poems, he felt as free as the Passaic River as it rushed to the falls. Willie's notebooks filled up, one after another. Willie's words gave him freedom and peace, but he also knew he needed to earn a living. So he went off to medical school and became a doctor -- one of the busiest men in town Yet he never stopped writing poetry. In this picture book biography of William Carlos Williams, Jen Bryant's engaging prose and Melissa Sweet's stunning mixed-media illustrations celebrate the amazing man who found a way to earn a living and to honor his calling to be a poet.

About the Author
Jen Bryant teaches Children's Literature at West Chester University. She lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and daughter. She is currently at work on her next novel, which will be published by Knopf in 2008.

"From the Trade Paperback edition."

Melissa Sweet is the author of numerous books for children, including Love and Kisses, and My Grandma is COming to Town as well as two New York Times Best Illustrated titles.