Voices of Justice: Poems about People Working for a Better World

Holt. Oct. 2020. 48p. Tr $19.99. ISBN 9781250263209.
Gr 3-6–Lyon uses poetry to highlight the stories of historical and contemporary activists. Whether it involves writing, creating art, protesting, or running for office, there is something to inspire every reader. The featured poems showcase a variety of forms and are enhanced by Potter’s artwork. Each spread explores a different type of poetry, such as golden shovel, free verse, and concrete poetry. Sometimes the poem is a part of the illustration. Expressive portraits of the advocates provide engaging details. Many of the names will be familiar to children (James Baldwin, Jane Goodall, Dolores Huerta, Nelson Mandela, Greta Thunberg). The title ends on a call to action: The reader is the future of activism. The back matter includes more information about the activists, a guide for parents and caregivers, a glossary, and selected sources.
VERDICT A motivating collection that celebrates past and present advocates. An additional purchase for elementary school collections.

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