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Ketanji Brown Jackson

A Justice for All

Illustrated by Jemma Skidmore

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About The Book

Discover the incredible story of Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson, who followed her childhood dream of becoming a lawyer and eventually became the first Black woman to sit on the US Supreme Court in this picture book biography.

After 232 years and 115 appointments, Ketanji Onyika Brown Jackson became the first Black woman appointed to serve on the US Supreme Court. With Tami Charles’s sweeping lyricism and Jemma Skidmore’s unforgettable illustrations, 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.

About The Author

Photograph by McKayla Photography

Tami Charles is the New York Times bestselling author of All Because You Matter and numerous books for children and young adults. Her middle grade debut, Like Vanessa, earned three starred reviews and a Junior Library Guild selection. Her latest titles include young adult novel in verse, Muted, which was a BuzzFeed Top 40 pick for 2021; lyrical picture book We Are Here; and a picture book biography about Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson. When Tami isn’t writing, she can be found presenting at schools both stateside and abroad. For more info, you can follow Tami on Twitter @TamiWritesStuff or Instagram @TamiWrites.

About The Illustrator

Photograph by Jemma Skidmore

Jemma Skidmore is a dyslexic, mixed-race illustrator who grew up in rural Gloucestershire, United Kingdom. Although she wasn’t a confident early reader, she has always been fascinated by the art of storytelling. Jemma studied fine art at Falmouth University and has gone on to work in print, film, and television in London and Vancouver, British Columbia. She has now returned to Gloucestershire, where she lives with her family and a cat named Blue.

Why We Love It

“Tami Charles’s writing is transcendent, evocative, and jubilant. You can’t help but feel every emotion in her words. Paired with Jemma Skidmore’s unique, kid-friendly art, this biography is a standout among its contemporaries.”

—Celia L., Executive Editor, on Ketanji Brown Jackson

Product Details

  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (April 4, 2023)
  • Length: 40 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781665935265
  • Grades: P - 3
  • Ages: 4 - 8
  • Lexile ® AD850L The Lexile reading levels have been certified by the Lexile developer, MetaMetrics®

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Raves and Reviews

A School Library Journal Best Book of 2023
An Orbis Pictus Honor title

“Every dream begins with one small step, and those who read this book will know that with work, determination, and love, their dreams can come true, too. An excellent book to share in groups and necessary for all collections.”—School Library Journal, STARRED REVIEW

“[A]n inspiring biography that acknowledges the impact of those who paved the way.”—Publishers Weekly

“Triumphant and inspiring.”—Kirkus Reviews

Awards and Honors

  • Kansas NEA Reading Circle List PrimaryTitle
  • SLJ Best Book of the Year
  • NCTE Orbis Pictus Honor Book to NCTE Orbis Pictus Honor Book for Outstanding Nonfiction
  • ALA Rise: A Feminist Book Project List Selectio

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