Around America to Win the Vote: Two Suffragists, a Kitten, and 10,000 Miles by Mara Rockliff

Around America to Win the Vote: Two Suffragists, a Kitten, and 10,000 Miles by Mara Rockliff

Around America to Win the Vote: Two Suffragists, a Kitten, and 10,000 Miles by Mara Rockliff; illustrated by Hadley Hooper. 2016. “Pencil printmaking techniques then scanned and completed digitally.”

Brief summary: In 1916,  Nell Richardson and Alice Burke travel across America beginning in New York City traveling in a yellow car with a black kitten wearing a yellow ribbon. Roads in America at that time were more like dirt paths and without maps. They gave many speeches urging and encouraging that women had a right to vote. Sometimes they were well received, and sometimes not.

Comments: In the back of the book, there is an information page about the cross country car trip, an explanation of the color yellow, and a further reading section.  This could be shared around election time to help students understand the history women endured to just have the right to vote. It could inspire young girls to not take for granted this right and encourage them to give thanks to suffragists brave enough to fight for them.

Anything but Ordinary Addie: The True Story of Adelaide Herrman, Queen of Magic by Mara Rockliff

Anything but Ordinary Addie: The True Story of Adelaide Herrman, Queen of Magic by Mara Rockliff

Anything but Ordinary Addie: The True Story of Adelaide Herrman, Queen of Magic by Mara Rockliff; illustrated by Iacopo Bruno. 2016. Pencil and digitally colored.

Brief Summary: Spunky Adelaide meets her future husband while taking a ship to America and shortly becomes Adelaide Herman. She assists her husband in his magic shows until he dies. She decides to continue the show by becoming Adelaide Hermann: The Queen of Magic, one of the first women magicians.

Comments: This is a narrative nonfiction/biography with a brief bio timeline in the back. No glossary.