Voices of Justice: Poems about People Working for a Better World (Who Did It First?) (Hardcover)

Voices of Justice: Poems about People Working for a Better World (Who Did It First?) By George Ella Lyon, Jennifer M. Potter (Illustrator) Cover Image
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A bold, lyrical collection of poems that highlight some of the most celebrated activists from around the world and throughout history.

In the face of injustice, the world has always looked to brave individuals to speak up and spark change. Nelson Mandela used his voice to bring down Apartheid. Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Birutè Galdikas gave a voice to the primates who couldn’t speak for themselves. The Women of Greenham Common used their collective voice to fight against preparations for nuclear war. And today’s youth—like Xiuhtezcatl Martinez, the students of Stoneman Douglas High School, and Greta Thunberg—unite their voices to stop gun violence, save the planet, and so much more.

Through enlightening poems by award-winning poet and author George Ella Lyon and stunning portraits by artist Jennifer M. Potter, Voices of Justice introduces young readers to the groundbreaking work of people who fought—and continue to fight—to make the world a better place.

Featuring those mentioned above along with Virginia Woolf, Dolores Huerta, Shirley Chisholm, Jasilyn Charger, Jeannette Rankin, and more, each portrait offers a vision of action and love that gets up and does something, no matter the forces ranged against it, no matter the odds.

About the Author

George Ella Lyon is an award-winning poet and author. She has written more than 35 books for young readers, including the Schneider Family Book Award-winning picture book The Pirate of Kindergarten and the young adult novel Sonny's House of Spies, as well as numerous books for adults. She lives in Lexington, Kentucky.


Jennifer M. Potter is an illustrator who lives in San Francisco. When she's not busy drawing, she volunteers at the local animal shelter. She lives with her husband, several attention-starved plants, and a concerning number of watercolor palettes. Her illustrated books include By the Light of the Moon (Zoe Tucker), Voices of Justice (George Ella Lyon), and A Songbird Dreams of Singing (Kate Hosford).

Praise For…

A 2021 Notable Social Studies Trade Books Selection

"A lyrical, inspiring call to action." —Booklist

"A motivating collection that celebrates past and present advocates." —School Library Journal

Product Details
ISBN: 9781250263209
ISBN-10: 1250263204
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Publication Date: October 13th, 2020
Pages: 48
Language: English
Series: Who Did It First?