There is so much to love about these books! As we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month (which should be celebrated every month IMO) and prepare to vote in our local, state, and national elections we can share history and empowering fiction with our children!
Equality’s Call is about the history of voting rights in America written in rhyming text by Deborah Diesen. I love the powerful illustrations by Magdalena Mora. The preface, endnotes, and glossary will help with a deeper dive into history. My fifth grader enjoyed this as a read aloud since it included more detailed information. I’m a big fan of sharing picture books with older kids!
Separate is Never Equal is such an informative, important book about the fight for desegregation in California by the Mendez family. Duncan Tonatiuh is a fabulous author and incredible illustrator. I look forward to checking out his other books! This story is so detailed and rich. I love that it includes a glossary and photos of the families involved in this historic moment in our nation’s history!
Last but not least is the inspiring story of Sofia Valdez, Future Prez written by Andrea Beaty and illustrated by David Roberts. Sofia and her Abuelo encounter a problem in their neighborhood that Sofia decides to change. She takes her idea all the way to city hall, not without a little trepidation. The run around she gets at city hall will sound familiar to anyone who has tried to create change at the local level. Sofia’s determination and coalition building are a great example to encourage change makers in our communities!
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About the Author
I am a mom to two sweet and lively boys and live in Santa Barbara, California. My oldest has Cornelia deLange Syndrome. He fuels my passion for advocating for equity and inclusion wherever I go. I love the power of a good story to inspire, educate, and make change in our world.