Who Is Ketanji Brown Jackson? (Who Was?)

by Shelia P Moses (Author) Dede Putra (Illustrator)

Who Is Ketanji Brown Jackson? (Who Was?)
Reading Level: 4th – 5th Grade
Series: Who Was?

Discover how a young girl who was the star of her school's debate team became a federal jurist and the first Black woman to sit on the United States Supreme Court in this exciting addition to the Who HQ Now series that features newsmakers and trending topics.

Born in Washington, DC, in 1970, and raised in Miami, Florida, Ketanji Brown Jackson developed an interest in law and politics at an early age. As a preschooler, she sat with her father and watched him complete his law school assignments. And even though some people, including a school guidance counselor, discouraged Ketanji from aiming high, she proved them wrong and graduated with honors from Harvard Law School. She went on to serve on the U.S. District Court in 2013 and the United States Court of Appeals in 2021 before making history and becoming the first Black woman to be confirmed to the United States Supreme Court in 2022. Learn more about Ketanji Brown Jackson's story in this addition to the New York Times bestselling series.

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Shelia P Moses
Shelia P. Moses (sheliapmoses.com) is a poet, playwright, novelist, and historian. In the last three decades she has authored numerous books for children, young adults, and adults, including Dick Gregory's memoir, Callus on My Soul. Her young adult classic, The Legend of Buddy Bush, was nominated for a National Book Award and named a Coretta Scott King Honor Book. In 2009, Shelia's novel Joseph was nominated for the NAACP Image Award. She was thrilled when her play, I, Dred Scott, adapted from the book, was showcased at the Missouri History Museum. In 2018, she started a project to place a little free library in every township in her native county of Northampton, in North Carolina. They now have ten libraries. She is also the founder of the George Moses Horton Book Festival. Shelia lives in Old Town, Alexandria, Virginia. You can follow her on Twitter @SheliaPMoses.

Chelsea Clinton is the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller She Persisted: 13 American Women Who Changed the World; She Persisted Around the World: 13 Women Who Changed History; She Persisted in Sports: American Olympians Who Changed the Game; She Persisted in Science: Brilliant Women Who Made a Difference; Don't Let Them Disappear: 12 Endangered Species Across the Globe; It's Your World: Get Informed, Get Inspired & Get Going!; Start Now!: You Can Make a Difference; with Hillary Clinton, Grandma's Gardens and Gutsy Women; and, with Devi Sridhar, Governing Global Health: Who Runs the World and Why? She is also the Vice Chair of the Clinton Foundation, where she works on many initiatives, including those that help empower the next generation of leaders. She lives in New York City with her husband, Marc, their children and their dog, Soren. You can follow Chelsea Clinton on Twitter @ChelseaClinton or on Facebook at facebook.com/chelseaclinton.

Gillian Flint (gillianflint.com) is an illustrator who has a passion for painting in watercolors. She has been drawing and creating characters for as long as she can remember. Her work has been published in the USA, the UK and Australia. In her spare time she enjoys reading and gardening at her home in the UK. You can follow her on Instagram @gillianflint_illustration.

Alexandra Boiger (alexandraboiger.com) has illustrated nearly twenty picture books, including the She Persisted series by by Chelsea Clinton; the popular Tallulah series by Marilyn Singer; and the Max and Marla books, which she also wrote. Originally from Munich, Germany, she now lives outside of San Francisco, California, with her husband, Andrea; daughter, Vanessa; and two cats, Luiso and Winter. You can follow Alexandra on Instagram @alexandra_boiger.
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Penguin Workshop
Publication date
November 20, 2022
Who Was?
BISAC categories
JNF018010 - Juvenile Nonfiction | People & Places | United States - African-American
JNF007120 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Biography & Autobiography | Women
JNF043000 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Social Science | Politics & Government
Library of Congress categories

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