Lillian's Right to Vote
A Celebration of the Voting Rights Act of 1965
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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.
"Moving.... Stirs up a potent mixture of grief, anger, and pride at the history of black people’s fight for access to the ballot box." —The New York Times
"A much-needed picture book that will enlighten a new generation about battles won and a timely call to uphold these victories in the present." —Kirkus Reviews, Starred
"A valuable introduction to and overview of the civil rights movement." —Publishers Weekly, Starred
"An important book that will give you goose bumps." —Booklist, Starred
Praise For Lillian's Right to Vote: A Celebration of the Voting Rights Act of 1965…
“A much-needed picture book that will enlighten a new generation about battles won and a timely call to uphold these victories in the present.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review
“The illustrations… are what truly distinguish this offering… A powerful historical picture book.” —School Library Journal, starred review
“Simple yet powerful, Lillian’s narrative transforms a complex topic into an affecting story suitable for a younger audience, making it a perfect introduction to voting and civil rights. An important book that will give you goose bumps.” —Booklist, starred review
"“Winter's prose has a lofty, oratorical quality...skillfully blending Lillian's individual path to the voting booth with the historical context that made it possible...A valuable introduction to and overview of the civil rights movement.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review
Anne Schwartz Books, 9780385390286, 40pp.
Publication Date: July 14, 2015
About the Author
Shane W. Evans is the author and illustrator of numerous books for children, including We March and Underground: Finding the Light to Freedom, which received the Coretta Scott King Illustration Award. He has illustrated more than thirty picture books, including Osceola: Memories of a Sharecropper’s Daughter by Alan Govenar, winner of the Boston Globe–Horn Book Award for Nonfiction. Shane lives in Kansas City, Missouri, where he runs Dream Studio, a community art space.