Fall 2019

16 Words

William Carlos Williams and "The Red Wheelbarrow"

  • Interest Level: Preschool - Grade 2   ·  
  • Reading Level: Grade 2

This simple nonfiction picture book about the beloved American poet William Carlos Williams is also about how being mindful can result in the creation of a great poem like “The Red Wheelbarrow”—which is only sixteen words long.

“Look out the window. What do you see? If you are Dr. William Carlos Williams, you see a wheelbarrow. A drizzle of rain. Chickens scratching in the damp earth.” The wheelbarrow belongs to Thaddeus Marshall, a street vendor, who every day goes to work selling vegetables on the streets of Rutherford, New Jersey. That simple action inspires poet and doctor Williams to pick up some of his own tools—a pen and paper—and write his most famous poem.

In this lovely picture book, young listeners will see how paying attention to the simplest everyday things can inspire the greatest art, as they learn about a great American poet.

Format List Price Your Price Qty
978-1-5247-2017-9
$20.99 $20.99
Interest Level Preschool - Grade 2
Reading Level Grade 2
Genre Nonfiction, Picture Books
Copyright 2019
Publisher Penguin Random House LLC
Imprint Penguin Random House LLC
Language English
Number of Pages 40
Publication Date 2019-09-24
BISACS JNF042000, JNF007030, JNF025210
Dimensions 10.5 x 9
Features Original artwork

Illustrator: Chuck Groenink

Chuck Groenink is an illustrator from the Netherlands. He grew up in a small town, climbing trees, exploring forests and drawing a lot. All things he still enjoys doing, only these days he lives in Syracuse, NY, with his wife and two scraggly cats.

Author: Lisa Rogers

Lisa Rogers is an elementary school librarian and a former newspaper reporter and editor. She holds a master's degree in Library and Information Science and is a member of SCBWI. 16 Words is her first book for children.