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The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus by Jen Bryant and Melissa Sweet

For shy young Peter Mark Roget, books were the best companions—and it wasn’t long before Peter began writing his own book. But he didn’t write stories; he wrote lists. Peter took his love for words and turned it to organizing ideas and finding exactly the right word to express just what he thought. His lists grew and grew, eventually becoming one of the most important reference books of all time.

"Readers of all ages will marvel at Roget’s life, depicted through lyrical text and brilliantly detailed illustrations. This elegant book celebrates the joy of learning and the power of words."—Publisher

Having recently delved into writing non-fiction, I have been on a tear through the last few years of Sibert Medal winners to learn from some of the best non-fiction writing for children. As a reader first and a writer next, my love for words is unparalleled, making this book about the man behind the thesaurus so riveting.

Children will love how Peter thinks about substituting words and may even be inspired to actively enrich their own language.

Another highlight of this picture book is how Melissa Sweet has knit letters and words into the very fabric of her illustrations, thereby giving importance to the subject matter.


This is non-fiction done well. An engaging read that will have your little ones paying more attention to the words around them.

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