For today’s Flashback Friday, I am highlighting an inspiring picture book perfect for young readers looking to make change in their communities. No Voice Too Small: Fourteen Young Americans Making History by Lindsay H. Metcalf, Keila V. Dawson, and Jeanette Bradley profiles fourteen young activists, pairing a short biography with poems inspired by those activist.
Title: No Voice Too Small: Fourteen Young Americans Making History
Authors: Lindsay Metcalf, Keila Dawson, and Jeanette Bradley
Illustrator: Jeanette Bradley
Published: September 20, 2020
Format: Picture Book
Featuring poems from legends like Nikki Grimes, Leslea Newman, and Carole Boston Weatherford, No Voice Too Small provides young readers with powerful examples of activism by sharing the stories of children working to change history in a variety of ways. From Mari Copeny, who demands clean water in Flint, Michigan, to Zach Wahls, who fights for LGBTQ+ rights, each activist covered stands up to injustices impacting their communities.
I love the variety of issues this book touches on, because young readers are sure to find an issue that speaks to them directly, but it also highlights the fact that we can make change by working together on these issues. Jeanette Bradley’s illustrations are absolutely lovely. She captures the spirit of each young activist on every page, bringing their story and their fight to life.
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Thank you so much to Charlesbridge for providing me with a review copy of this beautiful book!
About The Authors:
Lindsay H. Metcalf grew up on a Kansas farm and is the author of Farmers Unite! Planting a Protest for Fair Prices. An experienced journalist, Lindsay has covered a variety of change-makers as a reporter, editor, and columnist for the Kansas City Star and other news outlets. www.lindsayhmetcalf.com
Keila V. Dawson was born and raised in New Orleans. She has been a community organizer and an early childhood special education teacher. She has lived in the Phillipines, Japan, and Egypt. She is the author of The King Cake Baby. www.keiladawson.com
Jeanette Bradley has been an urban planner, an apprentice pastry chef, and the artist-in-residence for a traveling art museum on a train. She is the author and illustrator of Love, Mama. Jeanette lives in Rhode Island with her wife and kids. www.jeanettebradley.com