With Books and Bricks: How Booker T. Washington Built a School by Suzanne Slade, pictures by Nicole Tadgell is a passionate and lovely story. Beginning when Booker was still a slave, this biographical picture book follows the iconic teacher from the day he carried books and fell in love with the squiggles to going off to school to the trip to Alabama and building his own school.
The art is rendered in pencil and watercolors. It begins with mostly browns, grays, and blues and as the digging for clay starts, the colors start to open up and blossom. With the building of Tuskegee the colors explode. The words and art play off each other beautifully.
Depending on the class or student, I'd use this with first or second grade and older. What a marvelous picture book to pass along to teachers or parents for reports to encourage children in even the first grade to write and report on an inspirational person. I look forward to sharing this book with children, parents and teachers. The watercolors are exquisite, I love the loose quality and the colors used.