Explore this StoryWalk marking 200 years of women’s activism featuring Around America to Win the Vote: Two Suffragists, a Kitten, and 10,000 Miles written by Mara Rockliff and illustrated by Hadly Hooper.
What makes this StoryWalk extra special is that it was organized with both the Norwich Historical Society and the Norwich Public Library. Instead of circling the Norwich Square, the panels of pages lead you to the front of the Bookstore, across Elm Street, and into the Historical Society’s yard.
The Library is all set to provide materials for the children to create yard signs to encourage voting. Just email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a yard sign. When they are done, drop it off at the Historical Society by November 1st to be displayed around town on election day.
Abolition, temperance, and the right to vote are just some of the women’s causes. They have sewn, knitted, and quilted. They have marched, petitioned, debated, and raised funds. They have fought for their rights and voices, and while doing so have crafted a better world - though we still have a ways to go. Be sure to visit the NHS website where you will find a fascinating online exhibit of the ways in which local women have taken a stand and contributed to our community.
AROUND AMERICA TO WIN THE VOTE. Text copyright © 2016 by Mara Rockliff. Illustrations copyright © 2016 by Hadley Hooper. Reproduced by permission of the publisher, Candlewick Press, Somerville, MA.
The StoryWalk® Project was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, VT and developed in collaboration with the Kellogg-Hubbard Library. The goal is to get people out and moving while celebrating childrens' picture books.
The author of Mesmerized delivers another fascinating glimpse into history, this time the story of two brave suffragists on a trek across America to spread the word: Votes for Women!