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A River of Words: The Story of William Carlos Williams [Hardcover]

By Jen Bryant (Author) & Melissa Sweet (Illustrator)
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Item description for A River of Words: The Story of William Carlos Williams by Jen Bryant & Melissa Sweet...

This picture book biography of William Carlos Williams traces childhood events that lead him to become a doctor and a poet.

Publishers Description
An ALA Notable BookA New York Times Best Illustrated Children's BookA Charlotte Zolotow Honor BookNCTE Notable Children's BookWhen 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.]]"

Awards and Recognitions
A River of Words: The Story of William Carlos Williams by Jen Bryant & Melissa Sweet has received the following awards and recognitions -
  • Cybils - 2008 Finalist - Nonfiction Picture Book category
  • Parents Choice Awards (Fall) (2008-Up) - 2008 Recommended - Fiction category
  • Caldecott Medal - 2009 Honor Book - Picture Book category
  • Capitol Choices: Noteworthy Books for Children and Teens - 2009 Recommended - Seven to Ten category
  • Beehive Awards - 2010 Nominee - Poetry category
  • Delaware Diamonds Award - 2009-2010 Nominee - Grades 3-5 category
  • Lupine Award - 2008 Winner - Picture Book category
  • Keystone to Reading Book Award - 2010 Nominee - Intermediate category

Citations And Professional Reviews
A River of Words: The Story of William Carlos Williams by Jen Bryant & Melissa Sweet has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Kirkus Review - Children - 07/15/2008 page 744
  • Booklist - 08/01/2008 page 66
  • School Library Journal - 09/01/2008 page 199
  • New York Times Book Review - 11/09/2008 page 24
  • Kirkus Best Children's Books - 11/15/2008 page 4
  • Christian Century - 12/16/2008 page 27
  • SLJ's Best Books - 12/01/2008 page 36
  • Hornbook Guide to Children - 01/01/2009
  • ALA Notable Childrens Books - 03/15/2009 page 23
  • Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2010 page 820

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Eerdmans Books for Young Readers
Pages   34
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 10.35" Width: 9.25" Height: 0.45"
Weight:   0.8 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Aug 1, 2008
Publisher   Eerdmans Books for Young Readers
Grade Level  Multiple Grades  
Age  7-12
ISBN  0802853021  
ISBN13  9780802853028  

Availability  4 units.
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More About Jen Bryant & Melissa Sweet

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Jen Bryant is the acclaimed author of poetry, biographies, picture books, and fiction, including The Fortune of Carmen Navarro; Ringside, 1925 Views from the Scopes Trial; Pieces of Georgia; and The Trial, a novel for young readers about the 1932 kidnapping of Charles Lindbergh's son.
A graduate of Gettysburg College, Jen Bryant teaches children's literature at West Chester University and lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and daughter. To learn more about the author and her books, please visit

Jen Bryant currently resides in the state of Pennsylvania.

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Product Categories

1Books > Subjects > Children > Ages 9-12 > General
2Books > Subjects > Children > Literature > Poetry > General
3Books > Subjects > Children > Literature > Poetry
4Books > Subjects > Children > People & Places > Biographies > Literary
5Books > Subjects > Children > Ages 9-12
6Books > Subjects > Children > Educational

Reviews - What do customers think about A River of Words: The Story of William Carlos Williams?

Great, but wrong book.  Feb 14, 2010
My wife meant to get me a book about Wallace Stevens, not William Carlos Williams.
So she returned it. Great service on delivery and return.
A wonderful book!  Nov 9, 2009
"A River of Words: The Story of William Carlos Williams" is an incredibly engaging book. I bought it for my 10-year-old grandson, and he is impressed with it. The narrative is great, and the illustrations are some of the best I've seen. At the end of the book, there are comments from both the author and the illustrator that give the reader additional perspective on the man and poet that William Carlos Williams was. Several Williams poems are included in the book. I recommend it for any child interested in writing and/or poetry.A River of Words: The Story of William Carlos Williams
this just to say  Sep 30, 2009
Mixed media collage illustrations and words, infused with poetry, tell the life story of William Carlos Williams. From baseball to school, Willie always made extra time for exploration and words. While training as a doctor, Willie met acclaimed writers and artists. As a doctor, Willie delivered babies and treated children, but he always kept writing, shaping words into poems. Inspired by Willie's poetic voice, this biographical story shares the rhythms and images of his life. Children ages 6-9 will celebrate the mix of art and words.
How can I rate a book I don't have...  Apr 8, 2009
Wouldn't it be just grand to place a click on the 1-Click ordering and buy "A River of Words: The Story of William Carlos Williams," a Caldecott 2009 Honor book? After all, I obtain the Gold Medal book and the honor books every year for my small school library. It would be grand, but it won't happen.

And the book has such glowing reviews right here on the product page. Why doesn't this site offer it for sale? Is it out of print already? A Caldecott Honor book out of print just two months after being named an honor book? Oh yes, I see I can purchase it from independent sellers--three who know how much Caldecott followers long to have it. But I'm afraid my little library cannot afford those prices.

What a sad, sad day.

NOTE: This information was added several hours after the posting of the review. I just checked online with a competitor, who has the book in stock for $13.60. It is also available from the competitor's local book store. I don't know why this site does not carry this particular book. It's a mystery.
for budding writers  Mar 3, 2009
I bought this for my granddaughter who loves to write, including poetry. She was very appreciative. It's seems like the perfect book for a child who is interested in using words in creative ways.

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