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No Voice Too Small: Fourteen Young Americans Making History

4.53  ·  Rating details ·  188 ratings  ·  69 reviews
Fans of We Rise, We Resist, We Raise Our Voices will love meeting fourteen young activists who have stepped up to make change in their community and the United States.

Mari Copeny demanded clean water in Flint. Jazz Jennings insisted, as a transgirl, on playing soccer with the girls' team. From Viridiana Sanchez Santos's quinceañera demonstration against anti-immigrant poli
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published September 22nd 2020 by Charlesbridge Publishing
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MeganRuth - Alohamora Open a Book
This book is inspiring. These kids are inspiring. I LOVED reading their stories. It's written in a picture book format, but it is chocked full of awesomeness. ...more
Sandy Brehl
Each double spread provides a powerful poem about the featured young activist, with parallel text in smaller font that describes the actual young leader and his/her effort to improve the world as it exists.
There are select quotes in the back pages and their individual voices call out to readers to learn more, do more, and step into leadership shoes to make the world a better place.
Monica Clark-Robinson
Oct 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I just love this book. It's always terrific when a children's book combines multiple areas of learning. This one is rich with content for kids: poetry, biography, civic leadership, social justice, etc. The lovely poems by various authors are written in multiple poetry forms, increasing readers' understanding of what poetry can be. And the biographical info about the amazing children featured is just the right amount to make the poems more impactful. The excellent art is appealing, bright, and ve ...more
Melanie Ellsworth
Jul 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book is rich for many re-reads! On one read, you may find yourself absorbed by all the inspiring quotes on the end pages from the fourteen diverse young people featured in this book. On another read, you may get lost in each person's story and be amazed by all they accomplished at such a young age. On a third read, you might ponder why a certain type of poem was paired with a certain person. And finally, you might read again for the concrete action step that accompanies each story, empoweri ...more
Ben Truong
No Voice Too Small: Fourteen Young Americans Making History is a children's picture book edited by Lindsay H. Metcalf, Keila V. Dawson, and Jeanette Bradley, who doubles as the illustrator. It is a collection of tributes written in prose and poetry to children and teens of today who have spoken out to support a cause or protest injustice.

The text is rather simplistic, straightforward, informative, and poetic. It is a collection of fourteen poems – one for each candidate with a laudatory paragrap
Beth Anderson
Jul 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Diversity! Of styles and formats of poetry by a wide range of poets. Diversity! Of young people taking a stand. Diversity! Of causes and actions! Diverse voices speaking up, sharing their passions, and inspiring change. Short narratives on each of the young people featured provide great examples for kids. I’m so grateful for kids like these who lead the way! A powerful classroom resource!
Vicky Fang
Jul 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I love this book. It tells the story of fourteen young American activists through poems created by diverse and talented poets. It has so many layers, from the language, to the poetic structures, to the stories and messages of young activists and how they enacted change. The poems are powerful and accessible for kids, and each page has a small action item that a kid can take to make a difference. This is such a rich, powerful, and inspiring book that would make a great addition to any bookshelf.
Mary Copp
Jul 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This beautiful and creative nonfiction picture book features fourteen young and courageous activists and how each of them made a difference in such diverse ways. A poem accompanies each child’s story with a sidebar of additional information as well as tips for readers about speaking up and making a difference, too! A very empowering and encouraging book for young people. Bradley’s illustrations are perfectly paired for each of these inspiring activists. Highly recommended!
Aug 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What to say about NO VOICE TOO SMALL. This is such an inspiring book with so many hooks, perfect for classroom and home. The book profiles 14 American youth who are raising their voices to make change in the world. Fourteen different poets have written poems, one about each youth, using a variety of poetry styles, which are explained in the backmatter. Each spread also offers a tip for students wishing to become changemakers themselves. The youth profiled represent the ethnic and cultural divers ...more
Lauren Kerstein
NO VOICE TOO SMALL: FOURTEEN YOUNG AMERICANS MAKING HISTORY is not only a beautiful, important book about advocacy and the voices of our future, it is also a wonderful introduction to different forms of poetry.
Holly Mueller
Excellent! This book is great to share with young people to inspire them to speak up. They have a voice worth hearing and can change the world!
The addition of suggested actions is welcome.
Tina Cho
Jun 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This nonfiction poetic picture book showcases fourteen young American children who stood up for matters important to them. Each young person has a beautiful poem written about them, a sidebar of facts, and a small tip of advice for speaking up. Bradley’s illustrations of each child are beautifully drawn. Use this book to encourage people of all ages to be the change in their community.
Aug 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
An inspirational collection of poems that shares the stories of young activists who each saw a problem or an injustice and took action to make the world better. The poems invite readers to consider how they might also look for ways in their own lives and communities to work toward social justice. Between each biography in the book, questions directed toward the reader have the potential to spark conversation, self-reflection, and possible action. With a range of voices, causes, and passions, thi ...more
Oct 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: juvenile
This is a beautifully done anthology of 14 brief profiles with matched poems of different forms, telling the stories of a diverse group of young activists. The poems are wonderful, the illustrations are gorgeous, and the book as a whole is inspiring.
Nov 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Bite sized bios and tribute poems introduce us to fourteen young people who saw a problem..and did something about it. Inspiring.
Debra Daugherty
Sep 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Several authors collaborated with this book, each writing a beautiful prose or poem about amazing young American citizens who are changing the world in their own unique way. I loved the concrete poem by Carole Boston Weatherford about Mari Copey, who when eight, asked President Obama for help when the water in her community was not fit to drink. Charles Waters spoke about DJ Annie Red's fight against bullying, Lindsay H. Metcalf used tanka style to tell how Noah Barnes marched for diabetes, Nikk ...more
Charlotte Offsay
Oct 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I had heard a lot about this book and had been wanting to read it for a while. I am happy to report that it’s even better than I knew it would be and the perfect conversation starter.

A stunning book celebrating fourteen young activists. This book beautifully shows readers that no matter how small, no matter how young, they have the power to make big change. This one is sure to inspire the next generation and is complete with details on how readers can get involved.
NoNieqa Ramos
Jun 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
In this tumultuous world, children will be comforted, encouraged, and inspired to know that they matter and that they can change the world. A diverse range of #ownvoices creators write poems honoring each activist. Teachers can discuss with students how each poetic form showcases each activist and students can write their own poems as well. Side bars contain easily consumed facts and tidbits of advice for emulating the activist. The young heroes celebrated in this book champion human rights for ...more
Aug 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
I received an electronic ARC from Charlesbridge through Edelweiss+.
Fourteen poets honor fourteen young people making a difference in America and the world. Each poet honors an activist with a poem in the style of their choice. Short paragraphs about each young person and one of their quotes complete each 2-page spread. Illustrations bring them and their causes to life.
Readers are challenged to see them through the poems and will be motivated to learn more. A call for future activism. Bios of the
Emma M.
Oct 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-w-kids
This is not the book to pick up for a quick read through. Instead it is a title that you will want to savor and explore. I really appreciated the wide variety of young adults represented and we finished feeling not only inspired, but empowered. The book is ultimately a call to action to make this world better than you found it!
Nov 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
So much inspiration and diversity and love wrapped up in one book! In this book we are introduced to fourteen young activists through a poem, additional information, and a call to action. This is a book that will be read over and over again, and each read will continue to inspire and inform.
Larissa Marantz
Aug 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
NO VOICE TOO SMALL is the book our children need now. An engaging and wonderful collection of truly inspirational poems that features the stories of 14 young American activists and how they used their voices to make a difference in their worlds. Their courage and their passion are shared through the poetic voices of a diverse group of authors. A must have for any educators book shelf.
Julie Hedlund
Sep 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
If there is a book for children more suited for our times than NO VOICE TOO SMALL, I can't think of it. Children need, more than ever, to know they don't have to wait for adults to do the right thing or advocate for change. They can make change for themselves! Each story in the book is inspirational, but also gorgeously written by multiple authors employing varying poetic forms. A must read! ...more
Jenna Grodzicki
Sep 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is the perfect book to inspire kids to take action. Children may often feel they're too small to effect real change. This book will show them otherwise. Fourteen real children, ranging in age from six to nineteen are featured in this poetry collection. Each child used their voice to help others. The combination of moving poems and beautiful illustrations make this book a must have. ...more
Dec 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A must read for everyone!
Kerri Kokias
Sep 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a nice collections of poems and short bios introducing readers to 14 young change-makers. Perfect for empowering young voices during challenging times.
Sandra Sutter
Oct 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Learn about these powerful young people making a difference in the world today through perfectly paired poetry and imagery. These Americans are leading the way!
Feb 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Fans of We Rise, We Resist, We Raise Our Voices will love meeting fourteen young activists who have stepped up to make change in their community and the United States.

Mari Copeny demanded clean water in Flint. Jazz Jennings insisted, as a transgirl, on playing soccer with the girls' team. From Viridiana Sanchez Santos's quinceañera demonstration against anti-immigrant policy to Zach Wahls's moving declaration that his two moms and he were a family like any other, No Voice Too Small celebrates th
Jolene Gutiérrez
Jan 26, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This book is brilliant on so many levels! Fourteen young people and their stories are explored by a variety of renowned authors through an assortment of poetic styles. Readers will learn how these young activists have taken action to change the world and will (hopefully) be moved to take action themselves! This book lends itself well to classroom usage with opportunities for researching the activists and their causes and further exploring poetry styles. Beautiful illustrations accompany the poem ...more
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Lindsay H. Metcalf is a children’s author, poet, and award-winning journalist who will debut with three nonfiction picture books in fall 2020. She is the author of FARMERS UNITE! Planting a Protest for Fair Prices (Calkins Creek) and BEATRIX POTTER, SCIENTIST (Albert Whitman & Company). She is a co-editor, along with Keila V. Dawson and Jeanette Bradley, of NO VOICE TOO SMALL: Fourteen Young Ameri ...more

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