2023 Charlotte Award nominee, New York State Reading Association

2021 Social Justice Literature Award, Nonfiction Category, International Literacy Association

Every Child a Reader 2021 Superpower Booklist for Social Activism, Children’s Book Council

A 2021 Best Book, Bank Street College of Ed.

2021 Ohioana Award Finalist, Juvenile Literature

100 Best Picture Books of 2020 | Kirkus

Best Picture Books of 2020 About Small People in a Big World | Kirkus

2021 Notable Poetry Book | NCTE

Best of the Best Books 2020 | Chicago Public Library

50 Best Multicultural Picture Books of 2020, Colours of Us

2020 Cybils Awards Finalist, Elementary Nonfiction

Best Picture Books of 2020 | Bear Pond Books

Reading the West Picture Book Award longlist,MPIBA

2020 Nerdies Poetry and Novels In Verse | Nerdy Book Award

2021 Notable Social Studies Book | National Society of the Social Studies

Book Trailer

Featured activists:
Judy Adams | Ziad Ahmed |Noah Barnes | Jasilyn Charger | Mari Copeny | Marley Dias | Levi Draheim | Cierra Fields | Samirah “DJ Annie Red” Horton | Jazz Jennings | Nza-Ari Khepra | Viridiana Sanchez Santos | Adora Svitak | Zach Wahls

Featured poets:
S. Bear Bergman | Joseph Bruchac | Nikki Grimes | Hena Khan | Andrea J. Loney | Guadalupe García McCall | Lindsay H. Metcalf | Fiona Morris | G. Neri | Lesléa Newman | Traci Sorell | Charles Waters | Carole Boston Weatherford | Janet Wong

A video review of NO VOICE TOO SMALL by Kirsten Williams Larson.🎤

Educator Resources

To meet the needs of teachers in this constantly changing school landscape, Keila V. Dawson, Jeanette Bradley and I have created a flexible school author visit package for NO VOICE TOO SMALL. We have built both on-demand (asynchronous) and live (synchronous) options, suitable for classroom or at-home use.  

Many of the poets who contributed to NO VOICE TOO SMALL have created mini writing workshop videos. Some have also recorded themselves reading their poems. I have learned so much from watching these master craftspeople talk about their creative process, and I hope you and your students will as well.  

On-Demand Distance Learning Resources

We have developed multiple ways for you to access and use these On Demand materials in your classroom or for distance learning or homeschool classrooms at home.

Educators’ Guide

Download the standards-aligned (K-4) Educational Activity Guide.

School Library Journal Guide

Erika Thulin Dawes, professor of language and literacy at Lesley University, created a wealth of additional NO VOICE TOO SMALL extensions for the School Library Journal blog, “The Classroom Bookshelf.”

YouTube Links:

Flipgrid Book Club

Check out our NO VOICE TOO SMALL Book Club on Flipgrid, where readers can watch and respond to poetry readings and writing workshop videos with their own recordings and writings! For privacy, teachers can copy this collection of topics into their private classroom Flipgrid sites. The book’s editors discuss details in the webinar linked at right.


Learn more in another Flipgrid webinar, “Race, Equity, and Justice: Empowering your students to be voices of change.”


Young activists are profiled in poetry book illustrated by Providence artist,” Providence Journal
Books about protest remind readers about America’s oldest liberty,” Denton Record-Chronicle
Harvard athletes bring classic message to students via 21st-century tech,” The Harvard Gazette

Blog Posts

3 Question Interview – Lindsay H. Metcalf, Keila V. Dawson, and Jeanette Bradley,” This Writing Life with Melissa Stoller
Perfect Picture Book Friday: NO VOICE TOO SMALL,” Writing Picture Books Help Kids Soar with Vivian Kirkfield
A Super Trifecta: Will Write for Cookies Plus Giveaway,” Writing Picture Books Help Kids Soar with Vivian Kirkfield
NO VOICE TOO SMALL: Interview with the editors,” The Bull Horn
Mentor Text Talk with Keila Dawson, Jeanette Bradley, and Lindsay Metcalf,” ReFoReMo
Simply 7 with Jeanette Bradley: NO VOICE TOO SMALL (with process images of the cover illustration),” Jena Benton
Children’s Books About Youth Activists,” Pragmatic Mom
Four 2020 Picture Books on Raising Your Voice,” This Picture Book Life
A chat with the creators of the inspiring NO VOICE TOO SMALL!Picture Book Builders
Picture Books for Civic Engagement and Social Activism,” GROG blog
10 Picture Books to Introduce Young Readers to Activism by Keila Dawson,” Nerdy Book Club
Behind the Scenes: A Case Study in Collaboration by Lindsay Metcalf,” Beth Anderson’s blog
31 Days, 31 Lists: 2020 Books with a Message,” A Fuse 8 Production, School Library Journal
31 Days, 31 Lists: 2020 Children’s Poetry,” A Fuse 8 Production, School Library Journal

Charlesbridge | ISBN: 978-1-6235-4131-6
40 pages | ages 5-9

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