Booker T. Washington had an incredible passion for learning. Born a slave, he taught himself to read. When the Civil War ended, Booker finally fulfilled his dream of attending school. After graduation, he was invited to teach in Tuskegee, Alabama. Finding many eager students, but no school, Booker set out to build his own school--brick by brick.
Suzanne Slade is the award-winning author of over one hundred books for children. Some of her recent titles include Friends for Freedom: The True Story of Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass, Climbing Lincoln’s Steps (a Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Children and Paterson Prize for Books for Young People), The House That George Built (a Junior Library Guild Selection and Bank Street College of Education Best Book of the Year), and Booker T. Washington: Teacher, Speaker, and Leader. She lives in Illinois. Nicole Tadgell is the award-winning illustrator of Lucky Beans and In the Garden with Dr. Carver. She lives in Massachusetts.