A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Filled with dozens of informational insets on various topics: impact of Voting Rights Act, arguments for and against women's suffrage, when the "I Voted" sticker was created, what a "faithless elector" is, why presidential elections are held on Tuesdays in November. There are "Fun Facts" (Minnesota holds the all-time state turnout record of 79%), "Voting Tips" (never let your candidate's supposed chance of winning or losing keep you from voting), and "Political Jargon" definitions ("What is a 'swing state'?").
You can make real change in the world and in your community by becoming a voter and actively encouraging others to vote.
Positive Role Models
Several pages focus on actor Yara Shahidi (Black-ish and Grown-ish), her 2018 We Vote Next Summit, and how she's creating a community to educate young people about voting and mobilize them to participate in the political process. 27-year-old political novice Katie Fahey and her grassroots army of volunteers put an initiative on the 2018 ballot in Michigan that would stop gerrymandering in the state by creating a commission composed of Republicans, Democrats, and people unaffiliated with either party. It won by a million votes.
Violence & Scariness
Brief references to police beating civil rights marchers in 1965 and the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Erin Geiger Smith's Thank You for Voting Young Readers' Edition: The Past, Present, and Future of Voting details just about anything a young reader (or their parents) needs to know about being an informed voter in the United States. The three sections ("The Stories of How We Got the Vote," "Know Before You Vote," and "How to Get People to Vote") cover everything from the struggle for voter equality by women, people of color, and immigrants to polling, the Electoral College, becoming a wise consumer of news coverage, and inspiring young people to vote. The author highlights a number of liberal personalities and get-out-the-vote organizations.
Is It Any Good?
This is a lively and engaging everything-you-need-to-know-and-more handbook that will educate and inspire future voters and young activists. Thank You for Voting is filled to overflowing with facts, stories, statistics, and tips, and although there are lots of brief insets to break up the text, some younger readers may be overwhelmed by the sheer volume of information.
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