Thurgood Illustrated by Bryan Collier Random House (Schwartz & Wade), 2019
Junior Library Guild Selection Washington Post: Best Children's Books of 2019 Booklist Editors' Choice NCSS/CBC2020 Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People
Four Starred Reviews!
*"Excellent storytelling in word and image unite in this essential biography of Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall (1908–1993).... Winter and Collier have created a catalyst that will inspire readers to learn more about this giant of American history." (Publisher's Weekly, starred review) Read the review
*"By framing this biography as a series of facts and including inequitable practices endured by African Americans during the period, Winter sets a tone well suited to Marshall’s life story. Personal anecdotes give the facts context as well as emotional resonance.... A memorable portrait of a legal giant." (Booklist, starred review)
*"This impassioned picture book does not shy away from depicting the racism that shaped Marshall’s life.... The work as a whole is informative, inspiring, and exciting.... This is no carefully neutral biography: it is a fervent celebration of a man whose work improved the lives of millions of Americans." (School Library Journal, starred review) Read the review
*"Jonah Winter is no stranger to United States Supreme Court Justices. With previous picture books about Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor to his credit, it should come as no surprise that Thurgood is an exceptional introduction for young readers to the nation's first black justice--even older readers will likely learn new tidbits about the man's life.... Winter's theatrical staging of Marshall's biography mimics a lawyer presenting facts to a jury, drawing readers into the case so they can come to a unanimous decision: Marshall is undoubtedly an American hero.... The jury is in: Thurgood is a resounding winner." (Shelf Awareness, starred review) Read the review
"This lively narrative serves as an introduction to the life of one of the country’s important civil rights figures.... The bold watercolor-and-collage illustrations, beginning with an enticing cover, capture and enhance the strong tone set by the words. A larger-than-life subject is neatly captured in text and images." (Kirkus Reviews) Read the review