With Books and Bricks

How Booker T. Washington Built a School

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. An afterword gives detailed information on how the school was built.

  • 32 Pages
  • 8" x 10"
  • 9780807508978
  • September 2014

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  • The focus on hard work at the heart of accomplishment makes this story especially rewarding and relatable.

    - Publishers Weekly

  • History comes alive in Suzanne Slade and Nicole Tadgell’s With Books and Bricks, an engaging overview of the life of the legendary educator.

    - BookPage

  • Soft watercolor illustrations illuminate the text’s descriptions and add a meaningful complement to the already inspiring story. The combined messages of hope and perseverance come through loud and clear.

    - Booklist

  • Young readers are sure to marvel at the accomplishments of Washington and his perseverance in spite of obstacles. The story is told simply, with beautiful watercolor and pencil illustrations.

    - School Library Journal

  • Students need to hear this uplifting story of building character and overcoming hardships through determination and hard work.

    - Library Media Connection, starred review

Awards & Accolades

  • 2016-2017 Young Hoosier Book Award Intermediate Nominee


    Nicole Tadgell

    Common Core

    RL.3.1,2,3,4,5,6,7,10 RF.3.4,4a,4c L.3.3,3a,5,5a,5b,5c,6 W.3.2,2a,2b,2c,2d,4,7,8,10


    • Accelerated Reader Points: 0.5
    • ATOS Level: 3.7