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I Talk Like a River

By: Jordan Scott

Illustrator: Sydney Smith

I wake up each morning with the sounds of words all around me.
And I can’t say them all…

When a boy who stutters feels isolated, alone, and incapable of communicating in the way he’d like, it takes a kindly father and a walk by the river to help him find his voice. Compassionate parents everywhere will instantly recognize a father’s ability to reconnect a child with the world around him.

Poet Jordan Scott writes movingly in this powerful and ultimately uplifting book, based on his own experience, and masterfully illustrated by Greenaway Medalist Sydney Smith. A book for any child who feels lost, lonely, or unable to fit in.

Author’s note. Full-color illustrations were created with watercolor, ink, and gouache.

ISBN: 9780823445592

JLG Release: Dec 2020

Sensitive Areas: None
Topics: Stuttering , Words , Sounds , Schools , Fathers and sons , Rivers

$16.30  Member Price

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Awards & Honors

2021 Schneider Family Book Award for Best Young Children's Book
Publisher's Weekly Top 10 Best Picture Books of 2020

Book Details



First Release

December 2020



Dewey Classification


Trim Size

10" x 9"

Page Count


Accelerated Reader


Scholastic Reading Counts





Print Book


Hardcover edition


Neal Porter Books

Potentially Sensitive Areas



Stuttering, Words, Sounds, Schools, Fathers and sons, Rivers,

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Book Genres

Picture Book

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