Open Schomburg: The Man Who Built a Library (Candlewick, $16.99) by Carol Boston Weatherford and discover a world of scholars, poets, and artists of African descent whom other history books may have failed to recognize. Award-winning illustrator Eric Velasquez places you in the room with bibliophile Arturo Schomburg as well as the luminaries he studied, from Toussaint Louverture and Alexandre Dumas to Countee Cullen and Langston Hughes.
Part history, part biography, and part law primer, Ruth Bader Ginsburg: The Case of R.B.G. vs. Inequality (Abrams, $18.95) highlights the dreams, struggles, and accomplishments of the United States’ most notorious judge. Stacy Innerst’s gouache-and-ink illustrations evoke the feeling of a true historical document, adding gravitas to Jonah Winter’s compelling text.
Fresh perspectives on the U.S. Constitution are brought forward in two impactful volumes. Husband-and-wife team Cynthia and Sanford Levinson highlight complexities including bicameralism, gerrymandering, and emergency powers in Fault Lines in the Constitution: The Framers, Their Fights, and the Flaws That Affect Us Today (Peachtree, $19.95).