By Jennifer Bardsley
I wouldn’t line up for an iPhone, but I would camp out to vote. Luckily I don’t have to have to go to such an extreme. Thank you mail-in ballot!
A few generations back, ordinary moms like me were willing to risk it all, just for the chance of voting. They went to jail. They went on hunger strikes. They took to the streets, just so that I could have a voice.
I take my right to vote very seriously and exercise it at every election. I’m not going to forget how hard those women fought for me.
I want my children to have that same passion. That’s why I’m jazzing them up about voting, through books.
This whole month of October we have been reading books about voting:
• “Elizabeth Leads the Way: Elizabeth Cady Stanton and the Right to Vote,” by Tanya Lee Stone
• “Election Day (Ready to Read Level 1),” by Margaret McNamara
• “If you Lived When Women Won Their Rights,” by Anne Kamma
• “I Could Do That! Ester Morris Gets Women the Vote,” by Linda Arms White
• “Susan B. Anthony: Fighter for Women’s Rights,” by Deborah Hopkinson
• “If I Ran for President,” by Catherine Stier
• “Vote,” by Eileen Christelow
• “Grace for President,” by Kelly DiPucchio
Most of these titles are available through Sno-Isle Libraries. They span a wide range of reading levels, so one of these books is sure to be a good fit for your child.
Another fun idea would be to watch “Marry Poppins” with your kids. I would totally sing “Well done! Sister Suffragette!” if anyone ever asked!