Children’s book author Lisa Rogers

In her debut children’s picture book, Boston College alumna Lisa LaBanca Rogers writes about the inspiration of William Carlos Williams’ spare poem “The Red Wheelbarrow.” Illustrated by Chuck Groenink, 16 Words: William Carlos Williams and “The Red Wheelbarrow” (Schwartz & Wade/Random House, 2019) tells the story of  Thaddeus Marshall, a vegetable vendor, and his connection to the poet/doctor. The story offers young readers not only an appreciation for the classic poem, but also a valuable lesson about taking time to notice small things. Rogers, who earned a master’s degree from BC, is a librarian at a Massachusetts elementary school. Her most recent children’s book, illustrated by Meg Ishihara, is about her stubborn rescue dog and is titled Hound Won’t Go (Albert Whitman & Company, 2020).

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