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Marching with Aunt Susan
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Marching with Aunt Susan

Susan B. Anthony and the Fight for Women’s Suffrage

by Claire Rudolf Murphy
illustrated by Stacey Schuett

An inspiring story of the fight for women’s suffrage, based on the experiences of a real girl

All Bessie wants is to go hiking with her father and brothers. But it’s 1896, and girls don’t get to hike. They can’t vote either, which Bessie discovers when Susan B. Anthony comes to town to help lead the campaign for women’s suffrage. Stirred to action, Bessie joins the movement and discovers that small efforts can result in small changes—and maybe even big ones.

Inspired by the diary of the real Bessie Keith Pond, a ten-year-old girl who lived in California during the suffrage campaign, author Claire Rudolf Murphy and illustrator Stacey Schuett offer a thought-provoking introduction to the fight for women’s rights. A story of hope and determination, Marching with Aunt Susan reminds readers that society cannot evolve unless people—even young people—dare to take a stand.

Format: Hardcover
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-56145-593-5
Publication Date: 10/1/2011
Page Count: 36
Size: 9-1/2″ x 11″
Age Range: 6 – 10
Language: English
Format: Paperback
Price: $7.95
ISBN: 978-1-56145-979-7
Publication Date: 3/1/2017
Page Count: 36
Size: 9-1/2″ x 11″
Age Range: 6 – 10
Language: English
AR Level: 5.3
F&P: GRL Q, Gr 4, Genre HF
Lexile: AD650L
Themes: Politics, Susan B. Anthony, Women’s Suffrage
BISAC 1: JUV016140 JUVENILE FICTION / Historical / United States / 19th Century
BISAC 2: JUV014000 JUVENILE FICTION / Girls & Women
BISAC 3: JUV030060 JUVENILE FICTION / People & Places / United States / General

Reviews

“An inspiring and revelatory tale.” ―Kirkus Reviews

“An excellent introduction to the women’s movement in general and Susan B. Anthony, in particular” ―Booklist

“Schuett’s somewhat impressionistic gouache paintings effectively capture the time and place and convey the emotionally charged tenor of the campaign.” ―School Library Journal

“Rendered in thick, forceful strokes, Schuett’s gouache paintings easily convey Bessie’s energy and Anthony’s conviction.” ―Publishers Weekly

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“An excellent introduction to the fight for women’s rights. It’s a story so full of hope and determination… The design of the book is right on the mark and the endpapers with newspaper clippings and photographs are most attractive” ―Oppenheim Toy Portfolio

“There are many good themes put forth here, especially the dangers of political indifference. The backgrounds are beautifully painted, and the inside covers display old newspaper clippings, letters, and posters from the era… What’s important about this picture book is the clarity with which it illustrates how civil rights do not simply happen because society evolves, but because reformers persist in the face of temporary defeat and danger.” ―The Pirate Tree

“Claire Rudolf Murphy brings that era vividly to life. . . Stacey Schuett’s dynamic gouache illustrations not only convey bespectacled Bessie’s frustrations and hopes but ground the story in period details of clothing, transportation and forms of protest” ―Washington Parent

“This excellent book will influence younger students about our hard-won voting rights… Schuett’s illustrations extend the text with details that add to the characterizations and dramatic scenes. Extensive back matter provides short biographies of Bessie and Anthony as well as a timeline about the fight to achieve the vote for women…Read aloud this story to encourage a conversation about voting rights and being involved in our democracy” ―Children’s Book Compass

“A truly inspiring story… Claire Murphy has created an excellent resource for Women’s History Month.” ―Lake Hiawatha Public Library

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Awards

Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People ―National Council for the Social Studies, Children’s Book Council, 2012

Teachers’ Choices ―International Reading Association, 2012

Best Children’s Books of the Year (Starred) ―Bank Street College of Education, 2012

Amelia Bloomer Project ―Feminist Task Force of the Social Responsibilities Round Table of the American Library Association, 2012

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Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Award ―Oppenheim Toy Portfolio, 2011

Alabama Camellia Awards (Nominee, Grades 2-3) ―Alabama Department of Education, 2012-2013

California Collections (Elementary) ―California Readers, 2013

Delaware Diamonds (Nominee, Grades 3-5) ―Diamond State Reading Association, 2012-2013

Kansas State Reading Circle Recommended Reading List (Intermediate) ―Kansas National Education Association, 2012

AGHE Book Award for Best Children’s Literature on Aging for Elementary Readers (Grades 3-5) ―Association for Gerontology in Higher Education, 2014

Macy’s Multicultural Collection of Children’s Literature ―Reading Is Fundamental (RIF), 2015

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Meet the Author

Claire Rudolf Murphy has loved history since she was a young girl; in fact she majored in it at Santa Clara University. Murphy is the author of fourteen books for children. A former middle and high school teacher, she is a member of the faculty of Hamline University’s Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing for Children and Young Adults. She lives in Washington.

Meet the Illustrator

Stacey Schuett has illustrated more than twenty-five picture books, many about strong leaders in American history. Some titles include Purple Mountain Majesties, Sisters of Scituate Light, and Liberty’s Voice: The Story of Emma Lazarus. She lives in California.