I Talk Like a River

A picture book by Jordan Scott and Sydney Smith.

Jordan Scott, illustrated Sydney Smith

What if words got stuck in the back of your mouth whenever you tried to speak? What if they never came out the way you wanted them to? Sometimes it takes a change of perspective to get the words flowing.

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 this powerful and ultimately uplifting book, based on his own experience, and illustrated by Greenaway Medalist Sydney Smith. A book for any child who feels lost, lonely, or unable to fit in. (From Neal Porter Books)

I Talk Like a River is a finalist for the 2020 Governor General's Literary Prize for young people's literature — illustrated books.

Jordan Scott is a poet from Comox Valley, B.C. His books include SlitBlertDecompco-authored by Stephen Collis, and Night & Ox. Scott was awarded the 2018 Latner Writers' Trust Poetry Prize, which is given annually to a mid-career poet. I Talk Like a River is his first children's book.

Sydney Smith is an illustrator from Nova Scotia. The books he has illustrated include Sidewalk Flowers by JonArno Lawson and  Town is by the Seawritten by Joanne Schwartz. He wrote and illustrated the picture book Small in the Citywhich won the 2019 Governor General's Literary Award for young people's literature, illustration.

Interviews with Jordan Scott

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Other books by Sydney Smith

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