A LADY HAS THE FLOOR: Belva Lockwood Speaks Out for Women’s Rights

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“(An) informative and delightful biography.” – Booklist, starred review

A LADY HAS THE FLOOR: Belva Lockwood Speaks Out for Women’s Rights

Honesdale, Pennsylvania December 2017 – Calkins Creek, an imprint of Highlights, is pleased to announce the publication of A LADY HAS THE FLOOR Belva Lockwood Speaks Out for Women’s Rights.  Written by Kate Hannigan and illustrated by Alison Jay, this nonfiction picture book biography has received three starred reviews so far and will be released in January 2018. 

Activist Belva Lockwood was bold, determined, and strong!  She never stopped asking herself the question Are women not worth the same as men? She had big dreams and didn't let anyone stand in her way--not her father, her law school, or even the U.S. Supreme Court. She fought for equality for women in the classroom, in the courtroom, and in politics. In her quest for fairness and parity, Lockwood ran for President of the United States, becoming the first woman on the ballot. Award-winning author Kate Hannigan vividly relates this riveting story of achievement against the odds, while Alison Jay’s wonderfully evocative illustrations complement the text. 

In a starred review, Booklist says: ★“Belva comes alive as a feisty activist… Jay’s signature crackled artwork has a historical look, but also a childlike appeal that will bring the audience close. An excellent example of picture-book biography.”

And, in another starred review, Kirkus Reviews raves that A LADY HAS THE FLOOR is ★“ (a)n excellent, well-researched model of its genre, which will inspire children to do whatever they desire in life, no matter what immediate restrictions exist.”


A LADY HAS THE FLOOR Belva Lockwood Speaks Out for Women’s Rights * Calkins Creek * Written by Kate Hannigan * Illustrated by Alison Jay * January 2018 * Ages 9 – 12 * 978-1-62979-453-8 * $17.95 U.S. * $23.95 CAN *Includes author’s note, a timeline, archival photos, a bibliography, and source note

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