Impressive debates, caucuses and primaries spark political banter in schools, at work, in diners, around the dinner table and even in children's books.
Children, too young to cast a ballot, can still contribute to the voting process. Give them a book to read on the history of women's right to vote. "Elizabeth Leads the Way: Elizabeth Cady Stanton and the Right to Vote" is written by Tanya Lee Stone and illustrated by Rebecca Gibbon.
This true story relives the inspiring story of fearless and persistent Elizabeth Cady Stanton. Who was she? Stanton campaigned for women’s rights. She believed that women should have the same rights as men, including the right to vote; and it all started with a meeting.
Stanton ran for Congress in 1866; and in 1869, she and Susan B. Anthony founded the National Woman Suffrage Association. Stanton, Anthony, and leaders Carrie Chapman Catt, Frances Willard, Matilda Joslyn Gage and Anna Howard Shaw, sparked a feminist movement.
The author does a great job of explaining the role of women and their right to vote to readers from ages 6 to 10. It’s also a revealing history lesson for adults.
It's never too early to brush up on politics; and it's never too late to read a good book!
“Elizabeth Leads the Way: Elizabeth Cady Stanton and the Right to Vote”
by Tanya Lee Stone
illustrated by Rebecca Gibbon
Henry Holt Publishers
The campaign for equal rights, including the right to vote, was also a major component of the Civil Rights Movement. Poll taxes and literacy tests, outlawed by the National Voting Rights Act of 1965, were requirements used to deter black voting.
During this era of mounting oppression, the music of John Coltrane had a great influence on race and culture. The artistic expression of jazz was significant. Read about his life in a beautifully illustrated book, "Before John Was a Jazz Giant" written by Carole Boston Weatherford and illustrated by Sean Qualls.
Young Coltrane grew up in High Point, North Carolina, surrounded by the sounds of music. It was in his genes. Coltrane's mother played the piano for the church choir and his father sang country music and played the violin and the ukulele.
As a composer and a saxophonist, Coltrane revolutionized jazz when he formed the John Coltrane Quartet.
Live a little. Groove a little. Celebrate John Coltrane.
“Before John Was a Jazz Giant: A Song of John Coltrane”
by Carole Boston Weatherford
illustrated by Sean Qualls
Henry Holt Publishers