Mar 312021

Angry about the GA Voter Disenfranchisement Law? Get Involved! And 4 Children’s Books About Voting Rights

Angry about the GA Voter Disenfranchisement Law? Get Involved! And 4 Children’s Books About Voting Rights

If you hashtagged BLM or put a Black Lives Matter sign in your yard or a mask on your face; 

if you marched or donated; 

if you contacted a Black friend or painted a mural or followed a new account.… 

We need you now. 

The GA state legislature has passed legislation to disenfranchise Black and Brown voters, older voters, and voters in GA cities. Alice O’Lenick, who is the Gwinnett Board of Registrations and Elections chairwoman as a representative of Gwinnett County Republican Party said, ““[The Georgia legislature] don’t have to change all of [the voting laws], but they’ve got to change the major parts of them so that we at least have a shot at winning.” Essentially, she admitted that if all Georgians are given an opportunity to vote, the Republicans’ chances of winning are much slimmer so the system needs to be manipulated to restrict voting to give Republicans “a shot”. 

Republicans hold the majority in both houses of the state legislature and they heard her message loud and clear, passing a law that significantly narrows access to voter registration and voting and also criminalizes activities like offering snacks and water to voters who have to stand in hours-long lines to vote.

We need you to stay tuned to Black Voters Matter, Fair Fight Georgia and the NAACP Legal Defense Fund for instructions on how you can help us to win this fight. GA voters came through for the nation in handing the Senate to the Democrats. We need the nation to come through for us. 

In the meantime, enjoy these picture books about gaining the vote through the Voting Rights Act, about the Constitution and about voting for babies. *climbing down off of soapbox*

Granddaddy’s Turn: A Journey to the Ballot Box

Life on the farm with Granddaddy is full of hard work, but despite all the chores, Granddaddy always makes time for play, especially fishing trips. Even when there isn’t a bite to catch, he reminds young Michael that it takes patience to get what’s coming to you. One morning, when Granddaddy heads into town in his fancy suit, Michael knows that something very special must be happening—and sure enough, everyone is lined up at the town hall! For the very first time, Granddaddy is allowed to vote, and he couldn’t be more proud. But can Michael be patient when it seems that justice just can’t come soon enough? This powerful and touching true-life story shares one boy’s perspective of growing up in the segregated South, while beautiful illustrations depict the rural setting in tender detail.

Lillian’s Right To Vote: A Celebration of the Civil Rights Act of 1965

An elderly African American woman, en route to vote, remembers her family’s tumultuous voting history in this picture book publishing in time for the fiftieth anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

As Lillian, a one-hundred-year-old African American woman, makes a “long haul up a steep hill” to her polling place, she sees more than trees and sky—she sees her family’s history. She sees the passage of the Fifteenth Amendment and her great-grandfather voting for the first time. She sees her parents trying to register to vote. And she sees herself marching in a protest from Selma to Montgomery. Veteran bestselling picture-book author Jonah Winter and Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award winner Shane W. Evans vividly recall America’s battle for civil rights in this lyrical, poignant account of one woman’s fierce determination to make it up the hill and make her voice heard.

The Interactive Constitution: Explore the Constitution with flaps, wheels, color-changing words and more

For background on our government, grab The Interactive Constitution.

Explore the U.S. Constitution like never before! Amazing interactive features like color-changing words, flaps, wheels, and a special vocabulary decoder help kids learn about types of government, checks and balances, the Bill of Rights, the amendment process, and more.16-page book is an interactive civics lesson on the US Constitution. Includes tons of interactive fun: color-changing vocabulary words, touch-and-feel vellum and silk, accordion flaps, pull tabs, spinning wheels, fold-out illustrations, over 50 flaps, and moreExplore the U.S. Constitution like never before! Amazing interactive features like color-changing words, flaps, wheels, and a special vocabulary decoder help kids learn about types of government, checks and balances, the Bill of Rights, the amendment process, and more. The book is an interactive civics lesson on the US Constitution. Includes tons of interactive fun: color-changing vocabulary words, touch-and-feel vellum and silk, accordion flaps, pull tabs, spinning wheels, fold-out illustrations, over 50 flaps, and more. 

  • A 2021 Notable Social Studies Trade Book from the Children’s Book Council and National Council for the Social Studies
  • Finalist in the IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards: The Bill Fisher Award for Best First Book

Explore the U.S. Constitution like never before! Amazing interactive features like color-changing words, flaps, wheels, and a special vocabulary decoder help kids learn about types of government, checks and balances, the Bill of Rights, the amendment process, and more! There’s never been a better way—or a more important time—to discover the world-changing importance of this powerful founding document.

Citizen Baby: My Vote

Get to know the voting process with Citizen Baby!

Citizen Baby knows a thing or two about voting. It’s important to meet the candidates (they love babies!) and to call voters. Plus, you get a sticker at the polls! Children and adults alike will enjoy learning about voting in this adorable, informative board book.

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