Eliza: The Story of Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton

Ages: 4 - 8Publisher: Random House Author: Margaret McNamaraIllustrator: Esme Shapiro


Author Margaret McNamara tells the story of the wife of Alexander Hamilton, the country’s first Secretary of the Treasury, framing the book as a memoir written by Eliza herself, complemented by Esmé Shapiro’s folk art-style illustrations (watercolor, gouache, colored pencil, and graphite).


McNamara puts the spotlight on Eliza’s contributions to U.S. history (she was her husband’s right hand, preserved documents that would have historic importance, co-founded New York’s first private orphanage, raised funds for the building of the Washington Monument, and more). The book includes an afterward by Phillipa Soo, who originated the role of Eliza in Hamilton: An American Musical by Lin-Manuel Miranda, as well as historic details about Eliza’s life and times, a chronology of events, related websites, and a bibliography.



Lynne Heffley ©2019 Parents’ Choice

A freelance writer and editor for the arts and non-profit organizations, Lynne is a former staff writer for the Los Angeles Times, where she established the paper’s first weekly children’s arts and entertainment beat.

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