Celebrating Female Suffrage

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Celebrating Female Suffrage

Books for Kids and Tweens

August 2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, the Constitutional amendment that granted women the right to vote nationally. To celebrate, the entire year will be full of chances to learn about the 19th Amendment and to teach about and celebrate the women known as suffragettes, who fought for the 19th Amendment and for their ability to engage in the political process. 

Miss Paul and the president : the creative campaign for women's right to vote by Dean Robbins
Children will learn all about suffragette Alice Paul in this picture book that details her fight to get President Wilson to support suffrage. With vibrant illustrations, elementary school children will love learning about this historical figure and her creative ways to get attention for the 19th Amendment. 

Roses and radicals: the epic story of how American women won the right to vote by Susan Zimet
This engaging book tells the story of the fight for suffrage in the U.S., not just right around the ratification of the 19th Amendment. The audiobook is great for road trips, trips to and from school, and those looking to engage elementary and middle-grade students in American history. 

Votes for women!: American suffragists and the battle for the ballot by Winifred Conkling
Middle grade and teen readers will enjoy this fresh take on 20th century history with this easy to digest dive into the suffrage movement. This is a book chock full of strong women from history, from Elizabeth Cady Stanton to Alice Paul to Sojourner Truth and beyond. 

Rightfully ours: how women won the vote, 21 activities by Kerrie Logan Holihan
If you want history with a lesson plan, check out this book, which not only details the history behind women’s suffrage, and all the key players, but also provides opportunities for engagement like creating a suffrage banner, staging reader’s theatre, and debating. Readers will feel like they are a part of history itself. 

Around America to win the vote: two suffragists, a kitten, and 10,000 miles by Mara Rockliff
Suffrage goes off the rails in this fun, speakerbook style story about a road trip, featuring a kitten and a pretty yellow car, to spread the message of women’s suffrage and build support. This is great for younger readers and elementary school readers looking to learn about suffragettes they might not hear about in history class.

Elizabeth leads the way: Elizabeth Cady Stanton and the right to vote by Tanya Lee Stone
Elementary school children will love learning about one of the most famous suffragists, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, in this picture book biography of her life and her work to gain women the right to vote. Through fun illustrations, we follow Elizabeth from childhood to maturity as she continues her courageous fight. 

Susan B. Anthony: her fight for equal rights by Monica Kulling
This Step Into Reading easy reader is perfect for emerging readers looking to learn about history on their own. Suffragette Susan B. Anthony comes to life in this reader about a woman who did not take no for an answer, and she took her battle all the way to the ballot box. 

Suffragette: the battle for equality by David Roberts
This lively, illustrated book takes readers on a historical journey, from the suffragettes we know to those forgotten by history, from sea to sea, and back again. With long, information-filled biographical sketches, this book is ideal for middle school and older readers who are truly looking to learn about these fascinating women and what they endured. 

Mama went to jail for the vote by Kathleen Karr
This historical fiction picture book, inspired by true events, is a great way to engage with young readers about the risks women took in fighting for their right to vote. When Susan’s mother is arrested while protesting the White House, she learns what it takes to take a stand and finds a newfound respect for the women around her. 

The taxing case of the cows: a true story about suffrage by Iris Van Rynbach
Sometimes, fact is stranger than fiction, and this nonfiction picture book takes us back to the 19th century, before the height of the fight, to meet two women who stood up for their rights as people, not just women and gained fame and recognition from the suffrage movement along the way.