Title: Young Thurgood Marshall
Author: Eric Carpenter
Illustrator: James Watling
Publisher: Scholastic
Publication Date: 1996
Genre: Nonfiction Picture Book Biography of an African American
Audience: Gr. K-2

Overview: An inspirational biography of Thurgood Marshall; an African American man who was tired of segregation in the United States and decided to stand up for equal rights. He became a lawyer and fought for equal rights for African Americans. He won many cases for equality of the races, his most prestigious being Brown vs. Board of Education, and he became the first African American man appointed to the Supreme Court.

Activity: Have the children put on a play re-enacting one of the cases Thurgood Marshall fought when he was a lawyer. Assign roles to the children of Thurgood Marshall, the judge, the Defendant, etc., and have them act out an actual case with the judge and jury making the deciding factor.

Reviewer’s Name: Krista Jenson