Equality’s Call: The Story of Voting Rights in America By Deborah Diesen & Magdalena Mora

Back of Book:
The founders of the United States declared that consent of the governed was a key part of their plan for the new nation. But for many years, only white men of means were allowed to vote. This unflinching and inspiring history of voting rights looks back at the activists who answered equality’s call, working tirelessly to secure the right for all to vote, and it also looks forward to the future and the work that still needs to be done.
My Review:
I was sent a copy of this picture book from Beach Lane Books in exchange for an honest review.
In California, our Primary Election begins in March. I am thrilled to see that Equality’s Call is one of several picture books coming out in 2020 that focuses on the history and importance of voting.
Deborah Diesen is a masterful storyteller and told the history of voting clearly and beautifully. The book begins in a classroom where the teaching is sharing the topic of voting rights with her students. From there the text discusses the many obstacles that each group faced to become recognized voters. The phrase “A right isn’t right Till it’s granted to all” is weaved within the text, allowing readers to recognize the importance of voting. The story ends with a call to action that the journey isn’t over. The illustrations are done with a blend of muted and bright colors. The muted colors are a part of the past and the brighter colors represent the present. The illustrations also showcase promote activists who fought for voting rights. The back of the book shares more about voting-related amendments and Legislation. There is also more information about the Activists who spoke up for voting rights. This is a powerful book about equality and rights. A must-have for classroom libraries.
Ages 6 and up
48 Pages

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