Picture Book & Mentor Text Across All Grade Levels

Updated: Oct 29, 2020


I Talk Like a River by Jordan Scott Illustrated by Sydney Smith

40 pages © 2020


Author Jordan Scott uses his own personal experience as a stutterer as inspiration for I Talk Like a River. A young boy cannot find the words to speak and his compassionate parents help him accept and overcome stuttering.


Mentor Text: Use this title for teaching word choice, and for them. Teachers should read then reread the book and have students notice how the author creates a mood of compassion and acceptance throughout. Lastly, point out the author's message at the last few pages of the book.


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