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The Day Madear Voted

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On sale Jul 09, 2024 | 9 Minutes | 9780593867006
Age 3-7 years | Preschool - 2
A moving look at a Black family’s journey to exercise their right to vote and imagine a better future.

Charlie and Ralph’s mom has waited a long time to vote because countless obstacles have been put in Black people’s way to stop them from having a say in elections—obstacles that it took a lot of hard work to tear down. But now, in 1969, Madear is going to vote for the very first time, and the boys are coming along on this exciting day. A day that puts a new bounce in their mom’s step, and enables them all to begin to dream of a better future.  

Wade Hudson and Don Tate give young readers a warm family story as well as a powerful glimpse into the struggle that had to be waged to achieve a fundamental right of citizenship.
“The atmosphere is joyous. . . . The illustrations, created with ‘digital watercolor and mixed media,’ clearly express the characters’ shifting emotions. . . . The straightforward firstperson narrative is engaging, and at the story’s end, the family’s joy is heartfelt and memorable.” —Booklist

“Madear’s children aren’t fully aware of how special today is, but their mother—sporting one of her best dresses—joyously explains that this Tuesday in 1969 will be the first day she gets to vote. . . . This straightforward yet empowering tale will get youngsters energized for election day.” Kirkus Reviews

“Personal and political history intertwines in a warmly affirming tale of two Black siblings witnessing a milestone event—their mother voting for the first time in 1969 Louisiana. . . . Concise narration outlines the U.S.’s history of Black voter suppression before following the family to the polling station, which ‘felt just like being at church, with people greeting us enthusiastically.’ Voting still requires courage, but exiting the curtained booth to friends’ ‘Amen!’s, Madear discusses how good the action feels. She also speculates on a world in which Black people will be elected to political office, an idea shown as actualized when Madear votes in the 2008 Presidential election. In brown-outlined digital watercolor and mixed-media images by Tate, Madear’s hands-on-hips stance embodies power and pride in an intergenerational book about a woman who ‘walked into a voting booth . . . and allowed us to imagine a different future.’”Publishers Weekly
Wade Hudson is an author, a publisher, and the president and CEO of Just Us Books, Inc., an independent publisher of books for children and young adults. He has published over thirty books, including the anthologies We Rise, We Resist, We Raise Our Voices, which received four starred reviews; The Talk, which earned four starred reviews and was a New York Times Best Book of the Year; and Recognize: Black Lives Matter. These powerful collections were co-edited with his wife, Cheryl Willis Hudson. He also authored the middle grade memoir Defiant: Growing Up in the Jim Crow South, winner of the Malka Penn award. Wade lives in East Orange, New Jersey, with his wife. View titles by Wade Hudson

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A moving look at a Black family’s journey to exercise their right to vote and imagine a better future.

Charlie and Ralph’s mom has waited a long time to vote because countless obstacles have been put in Black people’s way to stop them from having a say in elections—obstacles that it took a lot of hard work to tear down. But now, in 1969, Madear is going to vote for the very first time, and the boys are coming along on this exciting day. A day that puts a new bounce in their mom’s step, and enables them all to begin to dream of a better future.  

Wade Hudson and Don Tate give young readers a warm family story as well as a powerful glimpse into the struggle that had to be waged to achieve a fundamental right of citizenship.

Reviews

“The atmosphere is joyous. . . . The illustrations, created with ‘digital watercolor and mixed media,’ clearly express the characters’ shifting emotions. . . . The straightforward firstperson narrative is engaging, and at the story’s end, the family’s joy is heartfelt and memorable.” —Booklist

“Madear’s children aren’t fully aware of how special today is, but their mother—sporting one of her best dresses—joyously explains that this Tuesday in 1969 will be the first day she gets to vote. . . . This straightforward yet empowering tale will get youngsters energized for election day.” Kirkus Reviews

“Personal and political history intertwines in a warmly affirming tale of two Black siblings witnessing a milestone event—their mother voting for the first time in 1969 Louisiana. . . . Concise narration outlines the U.S.’s history of Black voter suppression before following the family to the polling station, which ‘felt just like being at church, with people greeting us enthusiastically.’ Voting still requires courage, but exiting the curtained booth to friends’ ‘Amen!’s, Madear discusses how good the action feels. She also speculates on a world in which Black people will be elected to political office, an idea shown as actualized when Madear votes in the 2008 Presidential election. In brown-outlined digital watercolor and mixed-media images by Tate, Madear’s hands-on-hips stance embodies power and pride in an intergenerational book about a woman who ‘walked into a voting booth . . . and allowed us to imagine a different future.’”Publishers Weekly

Author

Wade Hudson is an author, a publisher, and the president and CEO of Just Us Books, Inc., an independent publisher of books for children and young adults. He has published over thirty books, including the anthologies We Rise, We Resist, We Raise Our Voices, which received four starred reviews; The Talk, which earned four starred reviews and was a New York Times Best Book of the Year; and Recognize: Black Lives Matter. These powerful collections were co-edited with his wife, Cheryl Willis Hudson. He also authored the middle grade memoir Defiant: Growing Up in the Jim Crow South, winner of the Malka Penn award. Wade lives in East Orange, New Jersey, with his wife. View titles by Wade Hudson