Fall 2019


  • Interest Level: Kindergarten - Grade 3   ·  
  • Reading Level: Grade 2

Thurgood Marshall—the first black justice on the Supreme Court and a giant of the civil rights movement—jumps to life in this inspiring picture-book biography from an award-winning author and six-time Coretta Scott King, four-time Caldecott Honor-winning illustrator.

Thurgood Marshall was a born lawyer—the loudest talker, funniest joke teller, and best arguer from the time he was a kid growing up in Baltimore in the early 1900s. He would go on to become the star of his high school and college debate teams, a stellar law student at Howard University, and, as a lawyer, a one-man weapon against the discriminatory laws against black Americans. After only two years at the NAACP, he was their top lawyer and had earned himself the nickname Mr. Civil Rights. He argued—and won—cases before the Supreme Court, including one of the most important cases in American history: Brown v Board of Education. And he became the first black U.S. Supreme Court Justice in history.

Like its subject, here is a biography that crackles with energy and intensity—a great introduction to a great man.

Format Your Price
Interest Level Kindergarten - Grade 3
Reading Level Grade 2
Genre Nonfiction, Picture Books
Subject Diversity
Copyright 2019
Publisher Penguin Random House LLC
Imprint Penguin Random House LLC
Language English
Number of Pages 40
Publication Date 2019-09-03
Text Type Narrative Nonfiction
BISACS JNF018010, JNF007020, JNF025210
Dimensions 10 x 10
Features Original artwork

Author: Jonah Winter

Jonah Winter is the author of many highly acclaimed picture books, which have won The New York Times Best Illustrated Book Award, the Jane Addams Book Award, and many other awards. Visit him at jonahwinter.com.

Illustrator: Bryan Collier

Bryan Collier has won four Caldecott Honors, the Coretta Scott King Award, and the Ezra Jack Keats Award. Visit him at bryancollier.com.