Monday, November 9, 2015

The Little Crooked Bookshelf


Lillian's Right to Vote
A Celebration of the Voting Rights Act of 1965
by Jonah Winter, illustrated by Shane W. Evans

This week's pick is from Cottager Jamie Michalak.

What it's all about . . .
"It's Voting Day, she's an American, and by God, she is going to vote." As Lillian, a one-hundred-year-old African American woman, makes a "long haul up a steep hill" to her polling place, she sees the history of the civil rights movement -- the passage of the Fifteenth Amendment and her great-grandparents voting for the first time, her parents trying to register to vote, and herself marching in a protest from Selma to Montgomery.

Why it's on The Little Crooked Bookshelf . . .
We're awestruck at how Jonah Winter and Shane W. Evans have vividly and poignantly captured more than one hundred years of civil rights history within a forty-page picture book. Winter's powerful story and Evans's striking mixed-media illustrations bring to life the struggle of African Americans to get the right to vote. 

Our favorite lines . . . 
Before Lillian walks through the doors of the building, where you better believe she will vote, she looks up and sees the same blue sky -- brighter than any sky she's ever seen -- that she saw on August 6, 1965.

Our favorite illustration . . .
From Lillian's Right to Vote by Jonah Winter. Illustration copyright 2015 by Shane W. Evans.
Why kids will love it . . .
Lillian's tale will move, inspire, and educate young readers. A must-read for every child!

Why grown-ups will love it . . .
Because Lillian's Right to Vote reminds readers of all ages about the importance of voting and making your voice heard --- and of the hard-earned fight to win this right.

istory in this picture book publishing in time for the fiftieth anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. - See more at:


  1. I need to read this book. thanks for the review.

  2. Hi Carol! Thanks for the comment -- and for visiting!

  3. One of my favorite reads this year--so poignant. And the illustrations were nothing short of amazing!