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Review of Angela’s Glacier

Angela’s Glacier by Jordan Scott; illus. by Diana SudykaPrimary    Porter/Holiday    32 pp.1/24    9780823450824    $18.99e-book ed.  9780823457588    $11.99The day Angela is born, the glacier Snæfellsjökull (a real Icelandic landmark) appears from behind a cloudy cover. Later, her father helps her learn the glacier’s name as they hike to the peak: “Snæ...

Review of My Baba’s Garden

My Baba’s Garden by Jordan Scott; illus. by Sydney SmithPreschool    Porter/Holiday    32 pp.3/23    9780823450831    $18.99e-book ed.  9780823455157    $11.99This tender story from the ­author-artist team behind I Talk like a River (rev. 11/20) pays tribute to Scott’s Polish grandmother, whom he visited daily as a child. An opening note explains that...

I Talk like a River: Jordan Scott's 2021 BGHB Picture Book Award Speech

The first time I saw a portrayal of a stutterer was in the film A Fish Called Wanda. I was ten years old, and up until that point had never seen or heard anyone else who stuttered. Michael Palin plays the character, “stuttering Ken,” a bumbling, nervous, unintelligent, and angry...

BGHB 2021: I Talk like a River

We've reached the culmination of Picture Book week in our month-long virtual Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards celebration.   Today, chair Luann Toth introduces the 2021 BGHB Picture Book Winner I Talk like a River:   The 2021 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award for Picture Book is presented to author Jordan Scott...

Presenting the 2021 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award winners

  On Wednesday, June 23, 2021 at 12 pm EDT, Horn Book editor in chief Roger Sutton announced the 2021 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award winners. If you want to relive the excitement, you can watch the archived video here:     2021 BOSTON GLOBE–HORN BOOK AWARD WINNERS ANNOUNCED Prestigious Program...

Review of I Talk like a River

I Talk like a River by Jordan Scott; illus. by Sydney Smith Primary    Porter/Holiday    40 pp. 9/20    978-0-8234-4559-2    $18.99 In this lyrical and empowering picture book, Canadian poet Scott tells a story based on his own experiences as a boy who stuttered. In simple, evocative language, he captures the isolation,...

Five questions for Jordan Scott and Sydney Smith

I Talk like a River (Porter/Holiday) — a collaboration between poet Jordan Scott and award-winning illustrator Sydney Smith — has received multiple starred reviews. The story takes us into the psyche of a boy who struggles with stuttering. After a “bad speech day,” the boy’s father takes him for a...

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