Written by Deborah Diesen in readable-out-loud verse with a refrain that reflects the cumulative action in the preceding pages, this picture book traces the diligent efforts of those who worked for decades to make America’s voting rights more inclusive. There is history here for everyone to know.
The illustrations add passion and understanding to the text, helping us with more information. Magdalena Mora created them with gouache, watercolor, ink, pastel, pencil, and digital collage. The results are moviing. There is a softness and an edge, the faces are distinct and diverse, the colors are warm, inviting us to understand that we are part of the ongoing effort to make equality the law.
“The journey’s not over.
The work hasn’t ended.
must be constantly tended.”
Read this book in the classroom, your library, and at home to start discussion and piqué curiosity. In this presidential election year, the more our children (and future voters) understand about the ongoing history of our democracy, the more they will feel a part of necessary decisions and understand the meaning of their right — and responsibility — to vote.
Equality’s Call: The Story of Voting Rights in America
written by Deborah Diesen
illustrated by Magdalena Mora
Beach Lane Books, 2020
ISBN 978 – 1534439580