Sonia Sotomayor

A Judge Grows in the Bronx/La juez que creció en el Bronx

Sonia Sotomayor

Illustrated by: Edel Rodriguez
For Ages: 4 - 8
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The inspiring and timely story of Sonia Sotomayor, who rose up from a childhood of poverty and prejudice to become the first Latino to be nominated to the US Supreme Court.

Before Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor took her seat in our nation's highest court, she was just a little girl in the South Bronx. Justice Sotomayor didn't have a lot growing up, but she had what she needed -- her mother's love, a will to learn, and her own determination. With bravery she became the person she wanted to be. With hard work she succeeded. With little sunlight and only a modest plot from which to grow, Justice Sotomayor bloomed for the whole world to see.

Antes de que la magistrada de la Corte Suprema Sonia Sotomayor llegara al máximo tribunal de nuestra nación, no era más que una niñita en el South Bronx. La magistrada Sotomayor no tuvo mucho durante sus primeros años, pero sí tuvo lo que contaba -- el amor de su madre, la voluntad de aprender y su propia determinación. Con valentía se hizo la persona que quería ser. Con trabajo arduo triunfó. Con un poquito de sol en un solarcito donde crecer, la magistrada Sotomayor floreció para que todo el mundo la vea.
  • Atheneum Books for Young Readers | 
  • 40 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781442403031 | 
  • November 2009 | 
  • Grades P - 3 | 
  • Lexile ® NC840L
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Sonia Sotomayor: A Judge Grows in the Bronx

About the Book

Before Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor took her seat in our nation’s highest court, she was just a little girl in the South Bronx. Justice Sotomayor didn’t have a lot growing up, but she had what she needed—her mother’s love, a will to learn, and her own determination. With bravery she became the person she wanted to be. With hard work, she succeeded. With little sunlight and only a modest plot from which to grow, Justice Sotomayor bloomed for the whole world to see.

Discussion Questions

  1. Author Jonah Winter compares Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor to a blossoming flower throughout Sonia Sotomayor: A Judge Grows in the Bronx. Why?    
  2. This is a bilingual book, meaning that is written in two languages—English and Spanish. Why did the author feel it was important to write this book in both languages? Do you know anyone who is bilingual? 
  3. Talk about Sonia’s mother. Why do you think she did not attend school past the third grade when she was growing up? As a mother, what kind of sacrifices did she make for Sonia and her brother? Do you think Sonia would be where she is today if she didn’t have her mother’s support? Why or why not?
  4. Discuss the meaning of the t
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Jonah Winter

Jonah Winter is the author of more than thirty celebrated nonfiction picture books including Diego, illustrated by Jeanette Winter; Jazz Age Josephine, illustrated by Marjorie Priceman; Sonia Sotomayor: A Judge Grows in the Bronx, illustrated by Edel Rodriguez; The Founding Fathers! illustrated by Barry Blitt; and Lillian’s Right to Vote: A Celebration of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, illustrated by Shane W. Evans.

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