The Suffragist Playbook: Your Guide to Changing the World – Lucinda Robb, Rebecca Boggs Roberts


 The Suffragist Playbook: Your Guide to Changing the World – Lucinda Robb, Rebecca Boggs Roberts, Candlewick Press, 9781536210330, 2020

Format: Hardcover 

Rating:  1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5

 Genre: Informational

 What did you like about the book? In these times many people feel information overload which often leads to people who become overwhelmed with how to take action on important issues. The very first introduction page of this book provides readers with a simple guideline on how to begin and remain engaged in any social movement. Although the book focuses mainly on telling the history of the women’s suffrage movement it wittily inserts some modern day humor and modern context into the narrative. The book tells us that before you can even begin this work you need an outline: tell your story, set a goal, never give up, it’s time to talk about racism, engage a wider audience, be bold when you get stuck, don’t always do what you’re told, pay attention to how things look, do your homework and recruit the allies you need. Such clear advice for anyone reading this book. It also makes it very easy to jump to a part of the book where you want to spend the most time learning and reflecting. I loved how many lesser known facts about different suffragists that the book offered as well. I never knew about Lucy Stone and the work she did out of MA. I also appreciated the little nugget of advice the author gives to readers such as “ If you get nervous about having to give a speech today, be glad you live in the twenty-first century (5).” It was cool to learn that many of the suffragists started their careers advocating for one issue and through learning about it they then started to speak for womens’ rights. The only illustrations for the book are on the back cover. On the back cover there are three color drawings of Lucy Stone, Sojourner Truth & Ida B. Wells. 

Anything you did not like about the book? No, this book was wonderful. It reads more like a self-help book with a historical twist. 

 To whom would you recommend this book? This book would be a great read for children as young as 13 through adulthood. This book is for anyone who feels that their educational journey was lacking in informing them about the womens’ rights movement and is in need of a little history, a little humor and some seriously great applicable advice. 

Who should buy this book? Middle Schools, High Schools and corporate/public businesses for their staff 

Where would you shelve it?  322.4

 Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes 

 Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Rose Metayer, Boston Latin School, Boston

Date of review: 12/16/2020

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