Learn all about the history of voting rights in the United States—from our nation’s founding to the present day—in this powerful picture book from theNew York Timesbestselling author ofThe Pout-Pout Fish.
A right isn’t right till it’s granted to all…
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.
"A poetic narrative charts the history of voting rights in the United States from the founders to the present, emphasizing that 'A right isn't right / Till it's granted to all.' ... A solid work of visual storytelling." --Kirkus Reviews
"This outspoken tribute to suffrage alternates between a contemporary school where voting rights is the topic at hand, and vignettes that portray the signing of the U.S. Constitution and then forward through the many struggles to make 'consent of the governed' a reality for all." --Publishers Weekly
"Back matter provides further understanding of amendments, legislation, and the many leaders who played essential roles in the long struggle to grant full and safe participation in our elections to people of color, women, individuals with disabilities, and other marginalized groups. ... A useful presentation of an important topic that will be a valuable curriculum resource and also encourage parent-child conversation." --School Library Journal
"Respectful of the progress made to extend voting rights to citizens over the course of U.S. history yet mindful that voter suppression has not been fully laid to rest, this verse history of enfranchisement is an engaging kickoff to the upcoming election." --The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
About the Author
Deborah Diesen is the author of many children’s picture books, including theNew York Timesbestselling The Pout-Pout FishandEquality’s Call. She loves playing with words and rhymes and rhythms. She has worked as a bookseller, a bookkeeper, and a reference librarian. She and her family live in Michigan.
Magdalena Mora is a Minneapolis-based illustrator and graphic designer with a special interest in children’s books and visual storytelling. When she isn’t drawing, she spends her free time reading, people-gawking, and trying to find the best tacos in the Twin Cities. Equality’s Call by Deborah Diesen is her first picture book.