Ketanji: Justice Jackson’s Journey to the U.S. Supreme Court

HarperCollins/Quill Tree. Jun. 2023. 40p. Tr $19.99. ISBN 9780063296169.
Gr 1-3–Ketanji Brown Jackson made history as the first Black woman nominated—and then confirmed—to serve as a Supreme Court Justice. Coretta Scott King Honor winners Magoon and Freeman tell Jackson’s story in this stirring picture book biography, introducing readers to Jackson, whose drive and determination to succeed took her from a childhood steeped in warmth, African culture, and activism, to Harvard Law School and all the way to her current seat. Never afraid to confront racism, Jackson protested a Confederate flag on campus and the obvious dearth of Black teachers. Magoon makes Jackson relatable to readers by highlighting her improv work and her daughter’s letter to President Obama, asking him to consider her mother when filling Justice Scalia’s seat. The straightforward narrative is uncluttered and easy to read for newly confident readers; Freeman’s illustrations will keep emerging readers focused during a read-aloud. Vibrant scenes create texture and warmth in beautiful portraits of Jackson and her family. Comprehensive back matter includes an author’s note, glossary, time line, bibliography, and further resources.
VERDICT An excellent choice for picture book biography collections.

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