5 on getting the vote


The elections are coming.  (Insert your own suggestively menacing sound.)  That makes it a great time to talk with kids, young and old.  These five books address the topic in very different ways, but all speak to the power of having the right to vote.

For younger readers – grades K-3:

  •  Lillian’s Right to Vote, Jonah Winter and Shane Evans – 100 year old Lillian thinks on the history of her African American family’s voting rights as she walks to the polls.
  • One Vote, Two Votes, I Vote, You Vote, Bonnie Worth and Aristides Ruiz – The Cat in the Hat takes readers through how American’s vote, how parties are formed and interesting facts like why Election Day is in November.
  • Around America to Win the Vote, Mara Rockcliff and Hadley Hooper – Nell Richardson and Alice Burke take a trip across and around America to support votes for women in the early 20th
  • Miss Paul and the President, Dean Robbins and Nancy Zhang – A biography of Alice Paul, suffragist and women’s rights advocate.

For older readers – ages 12 and up

  • Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom, Lynda Lowery Blackmon as told to Elspeth Leacock and Susan Buckley, illustrated by P.J. Loughran. Blackmon was the youngest marcher in the 1965 voting rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama.
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