cover image All Rise: The Story of Ketanji Brown Jackson

All Rise: The Story of Ketanji Brown Jackson

Carole Boston Weatherford, illus. by Ashley Evans. Crown, $18.99 (40p) ISBN 978-059-365016-5

Exemplifying how “whatever she did, wherever she was, Ketanji Brown Jackson rose to the top,” Boston Weatherford starts each spread of this high-level biography with a nod to Maya Angelou’s “Still I Rise”—the poem that Brown Jackson (b. 1970) quoted during her confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court. Play-by-play lines reflect her maturation, reference her heritage (“the dedication and determination of her parents”), and show Brown Jackson navigating limitations and prejudice placed on her by others (“She rose/ above the debate judges who mocked her African name... She rose/ above a guidance counselor’s doubts that she could get into Harvard”). Evans’s unlined digital illustrations visualize, in pastel clouds, the figure’s connections to elders including Shirley Chisholm and Mae Jemison. It’s an inspiring biography focused on rising above challenges. A “Letter to My Granddaughter and All of Our Daughters” and timeline conclude. Ages 4–8. (Feb.)