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Dare to Question

I’m so excited to bring you my post for the Dare to Question: Carrie Chapman Catt’s Voice for the Vote by Jasmine Stirling Book Tour hosted by Children’s Book Review.

About the Book

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Dare To Question: Carrie Chapman Catt’s Voice for the Vote

Written by: Jasmine A. Stirling

Illustrated by: Udayana Lugo

Ages 5+ | 48 Pages

Publisher: Union Square Kids (2023)

ISBN-13: 9781454934578

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Publisher’s Book Summary: Jasmine A. Stirling, author of  A Most Clever Girl: How Jane Austen Discovered Her Voice, delivers a powerful, poetic picture book biography about suffragist Carrie Chapman Catt, perfect for fans of  I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark  and the Rebel Girls series.

As a child, Carrie Chapman Catt asked a lot of questions:  How many stars are in the sky? Do germs have personalities? And why can’t Mama vote?  Catt’s curiosity led her to college, to a career in journalism, and finally to becoming the president of The National American Woman Suffrage Association. Catt knew the movement needed a change—and she set to work mobilizing women (and men) across the nation to dare to question a woman’s right to vote.

On August 18, 1920, Catt pinned a yellow rose to her dress and waited while lawmakers in Tennessee cast their deciding votes to ratify the 19th  Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America. After a seventy-year campaign, had women finally won the right to vote? 

Stirling’s suspenseful retelling of the dramatic final “yea” that changed the history of women’s rights brings the past to life for young readers.

Review for Dare to Question

This is a must-have. A must-read. This is such an enlightening and entertaining read. As an adult, I had no idea what it took for women to vote. Oh, what we take for granted. 

Carrie was a natural-born questioner. She joined the fight for suffrage – women’s right to vote. Then vowed to dedicate her life to making women safe and respected. Hundreds of thousands of women answered Carrie’s call to take small, everyday steps toward change. 

During the war, women took jobs, worked in factories, made tanks – yet couldn’t vote. You already know women can vote but I’m not going to share the journey. You, my friend, get to read all about it yourself. I highly recommend this gem!

This post is sponsored by Jasmine Stirling. The review and opinions expressed in this post are based on my personal view.

About the Author

Jasmine A. Stirling is the author of A Most Clever Girl: How Jane Austen Discovered Her Voice (Bloomsbury Publishing, 2021), named a Best Book of the Year by A Mighty Girl and Book Riot, and winner of the IPNE Book Award. It is currently being translated to Mandarin.

Her new book, Dare to Question, Carrie Chapman Catt’s Voice for the Vote (Union Square & Co, 2023, Booklist starred review), tells the story of the queer power couple who transformed the suffrage movement. Her third book, about Jeanne Barret, the botanist who disguised herself as a man and became the first woman to circumnavigate the globe, comes out in 2025.

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About the Illustrator

Udayana Lugo is a self-taught illustrator of mixed heritage. Having worked as a designer of many varied things, from jewelry to auto-parts and from furniture to whole interiors, she still does that but in children’s books which are her true passion. She and her husband have lived in Mexico, Italy, and England, but they call British Columbia their home, along with their two kids. When not working on a book, you can find her walking her dog or baking something with her children.

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Giveaway for Dare to Question

Enter for the chance to win! Good luck to you.

One (1) grand prize winner receives:

-A personalized, signed copy of Dare To Question: Carrie Chapman Catt’s Voice for the Vote

-A set of 5 Girl Power Enamel pins

-A $100 Amazon gift card!

Four (4) winners receive:

-A personalized, signed copy of Dare To Question: Carrie Chapman Catt’s Voice for the Vote

Dare to Question Book Tour Schedule

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