Please Vote on Tuesday! And if it is at all possible, take your kids along to experience it. Voting is one of the most powerful peaceful actions we can take to ensure rights for all.
Title: Peaceful Fights for Equal Rights
Written by: Rob Sanders
Illustrated by: Jared Andrew Schorr
Publisher: Simon & Schuster, October 2018
Themes: rights, peaceful protests, making a difference, non-violence, being heard, equality
Genre: alphabet book, nonfiction
Using an alphabetic and very sparse and lyrical tex, Rob invites the reader to make their voice known however young they are through decisive, creative and always non-violent means.
Why I like this book:
Unless children are living in a parent-imposed media-free bubble they are being exposed daily to questions about rights and protesting. This is such a timely text. It is not about espousing a point of view, it is about everyone’s right to be heard. It embraces more internal responses like prayer and mediation top practical action like lending a hand and voting. The call to action is practical, inclusive, creative and challenging. There is a message for adults and children here. Kids have questions about all of these things they see and hear about each day and Rob’s text is a terrific springboard to talk to your students about how we can bring change.
Rob does not shy away from abstract concepts or difficult vocabulary and I know kids will rise to challenge. Jared Schorr’s bold, bright illustrations brings the resistance to life making it clear that we can make a difference.
The book includes a page about some of the peaceful protests the USA experienced in the 50’s and 60’s, and an extensive glossary, which will be great for some vocabulary development with your older students.
With the mid term elections next week, this would be a great text to introduce the importance of everyone’s involvement in the democratic process of the nation.
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