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By Jonah Winter, Bryan Collier (Illustrator)
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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.

A Washington Post Best Book of the Year
A Bank Street Best Book of the Year
Booklist Youth Editor’s Choice Selection
A Center for the Study of Multicultural Children’s Literature’s Best Book

About the Author

JONAH WINTER is the author of many highly acclaimed picture books, among them Ruth Bader Ginsburg (three starred reviews, New York Times Best Illustrated Book Award), My Name Is James Madison Hemings (New York Times Notable Book), Elvis Is King, Lillian's Right to Vote (four starred reviews, ALA Notable Children's Book, Jane Addams Book Award, Kirkus Reviews Best Children's Book of the year, more), The Secret Project (five starred reviews), and The Sad Little Fact (to pub in summer 2019). Visit him at

Bryan Collier has won four Caldecott Honors, for Rosa by Nikki Giovanni, Martin's Big Words by Doreen Rappaport, Trombone Shorty by Troy Andrews, and Dave the Potter by Laban Carack Hill. His first book, Uptown, won the Coretta Scott King Award and the Ezra Jack Keats Award,. He has won five more Coretta Scott King Awards for Rosa; Knock, Knock by Daniel Beaty; Dave the Potter; Trombone Shorty; and I, Too, Am America by Langston Hughes, and three Coretta Scott King Honors. Visit him at

Praise For…


"Winter and Collier have created a catalyst that will inspire readers to learn more about this giant of American history." —Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

 “A memorable portrait of a legal giant.” —Booklist, Starred Review

“Informative, inspiring, and exciting. . . . A fervent celebration of a man whose work improved the lives of millions of Americans.” —School Library Journal, Starred Review

“A resounding winner.” — Shelf Awareness, Starred Review

“A lively narrative with plenty of drama…. Readers may find inspiration as well as information here.”  —Bulletin

“Collier’s illustrations, rendered in watercolor and collage in shades of tan, green, and gray, set the scenes and enliven the historic material.” —The Horn Book

Product Details
ISBN: 9781524765330
ISBN-10: 1524765333
Publisher: Anne Schwartz Books
Publication Date: September 3rd, 2019
Pages: 40
Language: English