Miss Paul and the President by Dean Robbins
Today’s Perfect Picture Book pick is Miss Paul and the President: The Creative Campaign for Women’s Right to Vote.
Written by: Dean Robbins
Illustrated by: Nancy Zhang
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers (September 2016)
Suitable for ages: 4-8
Themes/Topics: Activism, Right to vote, Women’s suffrage, US history
Brief Synopsis: As a child Alice Paul saw her father go off to vote but not her mother. Why? She studied the nation’s laws and knew they needed to change to allow women the right to vote. Alice protested in different ways and convinced other women to join her.
One day in 1914, she organized a parade that upstaged the arrival of the newly elected President, Woodrow Wilson. He asked to meet her. However, the president told her he had more pressing issues to deal with that working on the women’s right to vote . But that didn’t stop Alice Paul. She persisted. Even the president’s daughter Margaret agreed with Alice Paul. Then one day in 1918, President Wilson agreed too!
“Alice Paul hurried up and down Pennsylvania Avenue in a purple hat.
She wanted to make everything perfect for her parade. A parade in Washington D. C. no one would ever forget!”
Why I like this book: This is a wonderful introduction to a female activist who was instrumental in the fight for the right to vote for women. Through scenes that are both playful and serious, Robbins tells the story of activism by describing the actions and persistence of Alice Paul.
The book is a wonderful introduction to this period in history and could spark discussion about the US Constitution as well as the role of Congress in making laws.
- Scroll down the author’s website for Activities for Miss Paul and the President: The Creative Campaign for Women’s Right to Vote.
- A teaching unit about women’s suffrage movement can be found from Rutgers: Teach a Girl to Lead.
- Head over to A Mighty Girl to find girl-empowering resources such as toys, movies, music and books.
Read more of today’s reviews at author Susanna Hill’s blog.