I Talk Like a River

By Jordan Scott
Illustrators Illustrated by Sydney Smith Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher Holiday House Imprint Neal Porter Books ISBN


Awards and Honors 2021 Schneider Family Book Award for Best Young Children's Book
Publisher's Weekly Top 10 Best Picture Books of 2020
2021 Boston Globe-Horn Book Picture Book Award Winner

I Talk Like a River

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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.
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