This book is one of the most powerful books I’ve read in awhile, as you turn its pages you’ll see references to a variety of important causes supported by people of all different backgrounds, united in their common desire to fight for equal rights and a better world in a peaceful manner. Not only are the illustrations unique (and absolutely darling), each page tells a story. Each page stands strong on its own but all together, they create an alphabets worth of ways to be an agent of change. Yes, you read that right, ABC order! I was so busy geeking out over this book I didn’t notice until I read it aloud to my husband and he pointed that out.
This book shows children that they have the power to make a difference and that they can do it coming from a place of love. Reading it will inspire adults to give their children a platform to use their voices and be more active in their community. How wonderful is it when our babies can serve alongside us?
There are numerous things that can contribute to the fight for change — from assembling to being zealous (A-Z)! At the end is a history lesson on peaceful protests and a glossary that defines vocab used in the book. This book is one that can educate, enlighten and inspire. For those that are already serving, standing and speaking up it is reaffirming as well. I see it as beautiful and brave. It addresses topics in a thoughtful and age appropriate manner, including one that has somehow become controversial, and shining a light on what each of these acts — from knitting hats to kneeling to marching are actually about — peaceful protest in an effort to bring about positive change, to bring us *together* not divide us further. Even the dedications are moving. Rob Sanders says “In honor of those who lost their lives at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, and those who found their voices.” Jared Andrew Schorr references two names and why he fights — for a more peaceful future for them.
Peaceful Fights for Equal Rights is a reminder of what is right with our beautiful yet broken world. Read it, I think you’ll be better for it.
Peaceful Fights for Equal Rights Written by Rob Sanders + illustrated by Jared Andrew Schorr