by Jonah Winters; illustrated by Shane W. Evans
Interest level: All ages
Reading level: 3.9
5 out of 5 stars
Lillian’s Right to Vote is a powerful picture book that illustrates for young readers the many struggles that African Americans have endured to earn the right to vote. Many young readers will be surprised to learn that it wasn’t until the Voting Rights Act of 1965 that African Americans were free to vote in the United States. Most students feel that slavery, oppression, and racial discrimination belong to a distant past, so the story, told through the memories of Lillian, is extremely important.
This book would make a great accompaniment to classroom lessons that focus on civil rights and discrimination. While it is in picture book format, middle grade and high school students will still be moved and informed by Lillian’s Right to Vote.