In 1977, I self-published my first children's book.
The Kitten & the Puppy didn't sell very well.
Actually, it didn't sell at all, despite winning a Coldicot (sic) and getting rave reviews from critics such as my parents, grandparents, and Mrs. Sturgeon, my kindergarten teacher.
Fast forward to the debut of The Voice That Won the Vote: How One Woman’s Words Made History. It’s the little-known story of the mother who saved suffrage.
The book features an unsung hero named Febb Burn, her son Harry, and the handwritten note that led to one of the nation’s biggest wins for women’s rights. An overriding theme of this story is the power of listening to your inner voice, even when society is saying something different. The book’s release in 2020 was timed to coincide with the 100th anniversary of women getting the right to vote.
Note to shy six-year-old self who often struggled to find her voice in the world: Keep stapling pages together. In 2020, you have a book coming out that will show children like you just how much their voice matters.
The Voice That Won the Vote: How One Woman’s Words Made History
Release date: March 15, 2020
Age range: 6-10 years
Jacketed hardcover: 32 pages
Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press
Illustrator: Vivien Mildenberger
Includes author’s note and timeline