Published by Schwartz & Wade on July 14th 2015
Genres: Children's Picture Book
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An elderly African American woman, en route to vote, remembers her family’s tumultuous voting history in this picture book publishing in time for the fiftieth anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. As Lillian, a one-hundred-year-old African American woman, makes a “long haul up a steep hill” to her polling place, she sees more than trees and sky—she sees her family’s history. She sees the passage of the Fifteenth Amendment and her great-grandfather voting for the first time. She sees her parents trying to register to vote. And she sees herself marching in a protest from Selma to Montgomery. Veteran bestselling picture-book author Jonah Winter and Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award winner Shane W. Evans vividly recall America’s battle for civil rights in this lyrical, poignant account of one woman’s fierce determination to make it up the hill and make her voice heard.
I went to the library the other to return some books I had borrowed and decided to browse for books for both myself and the Littles. I came across Lillian’s Right To Vote in the new section at the library and immediately borrowed it.
My oldest Little is five so this was little above his comprehension level but I felt like it opened us up to a discussion about voting and politics. I will be the first to tell you that I do not understand politics very well but I’ve begun researching and trying to learn and I felt like my kids and I could learn together.
Lillian’s Right To Vote is dark but it is also beautiful. It explains the history of voting beginning with slave trade up until the Voter’s Act of 1965 was passed and Lillian was able to cast her vote.
I absolutely loved how it went through history explaining it has a steep hill that Lillian had to climb in order to cast her vote. It was beautiful and inspiring and it shows just how far we have come today.
The illustrations were beautiful, they showed Lillian going through history as she and many others (myself included) have had to overcome in order to vote.
It also taught me things that I did not know and for that I am very appreciative of. Honestly, even if you do not have kids you should still pick this one up. It deserves to be read by everyone.