KETANJI BROWN JACKSON: A JUSTICE FOR ALL, by Tami Charles and Jemma Skidmore, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, April 4, 2023, Hardcover, $18.99 (ages 4-8)
Learn about the newest member of the US Supreme Court in Ketanji Brown Jackson: A Justice for All, by Tami Charles and Jemma Skidmore.
After 232 years and 115 appointments, Ketanji Onyika Brown Jackson became the first Black woman appointed to serve on the US Supreme Court. Readers learn about the narratives that have shaped the Justice’s life, and how this historic moment will be impressed upon the minds of the young dreamers of the future. —Synopsis provided by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
In a nod to Ketanji Brown Jackson’s daughter Leila, author Tami Charles wrote Ketanji Brown Jackson: A Justice for All to “shine a light on the pride children feel when they witness loved ones following their dreams.”
It’s through lyrical text that briefly explores some 400 years of history, that Charles accomplishes just that. Her prose is the kind you feel moved to read aloud. All the pauses and faster bits are perfectly timed and wonderfully placed upon the page.
Jemma Skidmore’s gouache and wax pencil illustrations are bold and brilliant. Her use of blank space adds to the narrative and her images are full of expression. An extensive author’s note, important dates and more information on people and history shown in the art are included at the end.
Ketanji Brown Jackson: A Justice for All not only tells Jackson’s story but explains why her nomination and appointment to the Supreme Court was so important.
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