My Name Is James Madison Hemings

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Schwartz & Wade Books
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8.8 X 11.2 X 0.5 inches | 0.95 pounds

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About the Author

Jonah Winter, author of the New York Times bestselling picture-book biography Barack, has written more than thirty highly acclaimed books for children, including Lillian's Right to Vote, which received four starred reviews; You Never Heard of Sandy Koufax?!, an ALA-ALSC Notable Children's Book and a Booklist Top of the List; You Never Heard of Willie Mays?!, a Bulletin Blue Ribbon Book; and Here Comes the Garbage Barge!, a New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Book of the Year. Learn more at

Terry Widener has collaborated with Jonah Winter on two previous picture books: Steel Town and You Never Heard of Willie Mays?! He is the illustrator of many award-winning picture books, such as Lou Gehrig: The Luckiest Man by David A. Adler, a Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Book and an ALA-ALSC Notable Children's Book; The Babe & I, also by David A. Adler, recipient of the California Young Reader Medal; and Girl Wonder: A Baseball Story in Nine Innings by Deborah Hopkinson, a Parents' Choice Gold Award Winner and a Nick Jr. Family Magazine Best Book of the Year. Visit him at


"This gentle, emotional book is a reminder that many presidents' biographies have distressing aspects. . . . A simple but historically solid introduction to some of the moral crises slavery presented for our nation." --The New York Times

"Through a poignant first-person monologue, Winter imagines the peculiar upbring- ing of Virginia slave James Madison Hemings, son of Thomas Jefferson and his enslaved mistress, Sally Hemings."--Bulletin, starred review

Praise for Jonah Winter's Lillian's Right to Vote

"Moving.... Stirs up a potent mixture of grief, anger, and pride at the history of black people's fight for access to the ballot box." --The New York Times

"A much-needed picture book that will enlighten a new generation about battles won and a timely call to uphold these victories in the present." --Kirkus Reviews, Starred

"A valuable introduction to and overview of the civil rights movement." --Publishers Weekly, Starred

"An important book that will give you goose bumps." --Booklist, Starred

"A powerful historical picture book." --School Library Journal, Starred