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My Name Is James Madison Hemings

By: Jonah Winter

Illustrator: Terry Widener

This powerful historical picture book is an evocative first-person account by the child of founding father Thomas Jefferson and the enslaved Sally Hemings. Author's note. Full-color illustrations rendered in acrylic on bristol board.

ISBN: 9780385383431

JLG Release: Jan 2017

Sensitive Areas: None
Topics: Madison Hemings (1805–1877) , Thomas Jefferson (1743–1826) , Sally Hemings (1773–1835) , Slaves , Slave owners , Freedmen , Monticello , Virginia , Biography

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Awards & Honors

The New York Times Notable Children’s Books of 2016, Picture Books
CBC Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People 2017, K–2

Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books*, Booklist, Kirkus Reviews, Publishers Weekly

Book Details



First Release

January 2017



Dewey Classification


Trim Size

11" x 8 1/2"

Page Count


Accelerated Reader

Level 4.9; Points: 0.5;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 5.3; Points: 2;


Level 910L


Print Book


Library edition


Schwartz & Wade

Potentially Sensitive Areas



Madison Hemings (1805–1877), Thomas Jefferson (1743–1826), Sally Hemings (1773–1835), Slaves, Slave owners, Freedmen, Monticello, Virginia, Biography,

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