Voices of Justice [hc]
Poems about People Working for a Better World
A volume in the Holt Books for Young Readers Who Did It First series
Written by George Ella Lyon [Kentucky] & illustrated by Jennifer M. Potter
In the face of injustice, the world has always looked to brave individuals to speak up and spark change. Nelson Mandela used his voice to bring down Apartheid. Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Birutè Galdikas gave a voice to the primates that couldn’t speak for themselves. The Women of Greenham Common used their collective voice to fight against preparations for nuclear war. And today’s youth- like Xiuhtezcatl Martinez, the students of Stoneman Douglas High School, and Greta Thunberg- unite their voices to stop gun violence, save the planet, and so much more.
Through 18 enlightening poems and innovative portraits, Voices of Justice introduces young readers to the groundbreaking work of people who fought- and continue to fight- to make the world a better place.
Featuring those mentioned above along with Virginia Woolf, Dolores Huerta, Shirley Chisholm, Jasilyn Charger, Jeannette Rankin, and more, each portrait offers a vision of action and love that gets up and does something, no matter the forces ranged against it, no matter the odds. Includes additional information about the activists, a guide for parents and caregivers, glossary, and list of selected sources. 48 pages
"The featured poems showcase a variety of forms and are enhanced by Potter's artwork. Each spread explores a different type of poetry, such as golden shovel, free verse, and concrete poetry. Sometimes the poem is a part of the illustration... A motivating collection that celebrates past and present advocates." -School Library Journal (Grades 3-6)
"A lyrical, inspiring call to action." -Booklist (Grades 3-6)
October 13, 2020