Lisa Rogers - "16 Words"

Event date: 
09/28/2019 - 10:00am

ABOUT 16 WORDS: William Carlos Williams and "The Red Wheelbarrow"
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.


LISA ROGERS is the librarian at the Hardy School in Wellesley, and a former newspaper reporter and editor. In 2016, she received the PEN New England Susan P. Bloom Children’s Book Discovery Award for an early version of 16 Words. She holds a master’s degree in Library and Information Science and is a member of SCBWI. This is her first book for children. Visit her on the web at or on Twitter at @LisaLJRogers.


*Buy your copy from Wellesley Books in order to meet Lisa at the event and have her sign your book. 

16 Words: William Carlos Williams and
By Lisa Rogers, Chuck Groenink (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781524720162
Availability: On our shelves now
Published: Schwartz & Wade - September 24th, 2019

Event address: 
Wellesley Books
82 Central Street
Wellesley, MA 02482