cover image Equality’s Call: The Story of Voting Rights in America

Equality’s Call: The Story of Voting Rights in America

Deborah Diesen, illus. by Magdalena Mora. Beach Lane, $17.99 (48p) ISBN 978-1-5344-3958-0

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. Every few pages, Diesen offers the drumbeat-like refrain that insists on the inexorable justice of “Equality’s call” (“A right isn’t right/ Till it’s granted to all”), while Mora’s chalky mixed-media images, which draw on the motifs of Latin American and WPA muralism, show an ever-growing procession of determined people—abolitionists and suffragettes, famous activists and ordinary citizens—who faced and fought obstacles to voting. Every vote today is a nod to this hard-won history, Diesen reminds readers: “Each time we vote,/ We acknowledge that past.” A list of amendments and voting rights activists ends this volume. Ages 3–8. [em](Feb.) [/em]