Looking for educational discussion guides, teacher guides and more to share with children of all ages? Download this free discussion guide on The Right Word, a beautiful children’s book written by Jen Bryant and illustrated by Melissa Sweet.

The Right Word Picture Book Discussion Guide
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About The Right Word: For shy young Peter Mark Roget, books were the best companions — and collecting words was the best way to find treasures. Peter took his love for words and used it to organize his ideas and find exactly the right word to express just what he thought. His lists grew and grew, eventually turning into one of the most important reference books of all time.


This book is an inviting, visually engrossing portrayal of Peter Mark Roget and the creation of the thesaurus. 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.


Awards for The Right Word include:

  • ALA 2015 Caldecott Honor
  • ALA 2015 Sibert Medal
  • NCTE 2015 Orbis Pictus Honor
  • ALA 2015 Notable Children’s Books


For a full list of this book’s awards, check out itspage on the Eerdmans website. To order free bookmarks and posters for The Right Word, please visit Eerdlings, the official blog of Eerdmans Books for Young Readers.