cover image Peaceful Fights for Equal Rights

Peaceful Fights for Equal Rights

Rob Sanders, illus. by Jared Andrew Schorr. Simon & Schuster, $17.99 (48p) ISBN 978-1-5344-2943-7

Proudly progressive and unabashedly direct, this anthem is dedicated to “those who lost their lives at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.” Writing in stirring, crisp imperatives, Sanders (Pride) creates a to-do list for change: “Inquire. Invite. Inform. Imagine. Join others on the journey. Join others in the fight.” While some of the suggestions are timeless (“STRIKE,” written in big white letters on a black background), and a few illustrations reference specific movements (the 1965 Delano grape strike), much of the book feels timely. Placards that read “#RESIST” and “LOVE IS LOVE” are among the first images; in a later spread, a knitter creates a pink hat as she watches an African-American football player take a knee on television. It’s a tribute to the potent rhythm of Sanders’s text and exuberant cut-paper images by Schorr (Better Together) that the litany never grows wearying—in fact, the book relays useful, action-based suggestions as it moves along. Back matter details a short history of peaceful protests and defines related terms. Ages 4–8. Author’s agent: Ruben Pfeffer, Ruben Pfeffer Content. [em](Sept.) [/em]