Equality’s Call, written by Deborah Diesen and illustrated by Magdalena Mora, is a picture book history of voting rights in America. Diesen’s rhyming text is neither predictable nor forced; rather, it accurately distills and clearly presents the Founding Fathers’ original idea, points out its failings, and honors the people who fought to correct them. Mora’s stylized illustrations quietly yet powerfully support the text.
We learn that The states set the rules/About who got to vote; And your gender, your race, And your wealth were of note. And the book’s refrain reminds us: A right isn’t right till it’s granted to all
This important and stunning visual chronicle bears reading again and again.
Claire Green ©2020 Parents’ Choice
Claire is president of Parents’ Choice Foundation and serves as a judge on several national toy and music award committees. She champions toys, books, and media that offer children new perspectives and playful adventures in learning.