Kid Lit Love: The Voice That Won the Vote

I am thrilled to be returning to my Kid Lit Love series featuring picture books from members of the Kid Lit Community! Today’s book is titled THE VOICE THAT WON THE VOTE by Elisa Boxer, illustrated by Vivien Mildenberger, published by Sleeping Bear Press.

THE VOICE THAT WON THE VOTE: How One Woman’s Words Made History by Elisa Boxer, Illustrated by Vivien Mildenberger

Synopsis: 2020 marks the women’s suffrage centennial. In 1920, after decades of perseverance, women were finally given the right to vote. But it almost didn’t happen. THE VOICE THAT WON THE VOTE: How One Woman’s Words Made History, tells the little-known story of Febb Burn, the mother who saved suffrage with a handwritten note to her son. 

Author, Elisa Boxer

I had the pleasure of connecting with Elisa and I asked her a few questions about her experience writing for children.

1. Tell us how you came to write books for children. I’ve been writing children’s books with themes of courage and resistance ever since I could hold a pen (the cover of one of my earlier works is attached… See “You Can’t Catch Me”) ūüėČ

One of Elisa’s earlier book covers, You Can’t Catch Me

I was painfully shy as a child, and I can remember seeing myself and my emotions reflected back in certain books, although I didn’t know that’s what was happening at the time. I have just always felt at home in the pages of children’s books, especially those with deeper emotional pull. But even though I have been writing children’s book manuscripts for as long as I can remember, and attending SCBWI conferences for the past 15 years, I never really considered making a career out of it. I was always in the trenches of newspaper, magazine and television journalism. A couple of years ago, however, I got sidelined with a severe case of Lyme disease. Since I was basically housebound, I decided to take my research and storytelling skills from journalism, as well as my love of writing, and put them to use pursuing my childhood dream.

2. Tell us how you came up with the idea for your book. Although I’ve always been passionate about women’s rights, I have to give my agent, Steven Chudney, credit for this idea! I got an email from him in 2018 (we had another book out on submission at the time), letting me know the women’s suffrage centennial was coming up in two years, and suggesting I write a picture book about it. As a journalist, I’ve always been drawn to stories of unsung heroes, so I started researching little-known women in the suffrage movement. When I came upon the story of Febb Burn, I instantly felt that tug, you know, that pull from within that says this is it! I was drawn in by her courage in speaking (or in this case, writing) her truth, when it went against what society expected of her. 

3. Share a piece of advice for children‚Äôs writers. Something that has kept me inspired, even on the toughest of writing days, is remembering my “why” — why I wrote this book, why I write in general, what message I want to convey with my work. I want children to know that their voices matter. I never want children to keep their truth quiet. That’s my “why.” My best piece of advice is to find yours. Keep it in your heart. Let it infuse your writing and inspire you.

Thank you Elisa Boxer for being a guest on Kid Lit Love!


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One thing I’ve been challenged with my entire life is allergies. ¬†I am allergic to a bunch of things including pollen, furry pets, grass, hay and even water. ¬†If you don’t have any allergies, I am super jealous of you! ¬†And if you do, I can empathize.


As a child, it showed itself on my skin. ¬†I was always scratching. ¬†Not realizing I was making it worse for myself, I didn’t hold back and my skin at times became extremely red and blotchy.

Now, I actually take two 24 hour anti-histamines per day (they only last 12 hours for me). ¬†On the really bad days, I need eye drops and an additional anti-inflammatory, ¬†like Naproxen. ¬†If I don’t take care of this, I suffer. ¬†For some reason, it seems to me that my allergy season is getting longer. ¬†In a bad year, I suffer from February to July. ¬†But, I am learning to avoid the things that cause me a problem.

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Welcome to Monday! ¬†I know that Monday probably not your favourite day. ¬†But, as I’ve learned, it is all in your attitude.

Every Monday I’m sharing a little story about myself. ¬†You need to know that this is not an easy task for me as an introvert. ¬†Today, I’d like to share a little story about tea.img_7756

I’m a tea drinker. ¬†Black tea, green tea, rooibos tea, early grey, chai, chamomile, I like it all! ¬†I still remember my first introduction to tea. ¬†It was a little tea party held at a neighbour’s house. ¬†I was somewhere around 8 years old. ¬†There was a little table covered with a fancy cloth just for us kids. There was a cute little tea pot wrapped up in a tea cozy. ¬†I took a sip of tea. It was strong. ¬†So very strong. ¬†I couldn’t help grimace at the first sip. ¬†I added some sugar. ¬†Took a sip. ¬†More sugar. ¬†Another sip. ¬†More sugar. ¬†Another sip. ¬†Delicious!¬†img_2516

Now I drink my tea with nothing added and find it equally delicious. ¬†If I’m in the mood for something stronger, chai is my tea of choice. ¬†When I want something good for me, green tea is my preference. A warm comforting ¬†cup to start my day or any time of day is an essential part of my daily routine. ¬†And when I’m writing? ¬†A cup of tea is usually close at hand.

Thank you for stopping by. ¬†I hope you’ll stop by again. ¬†Why not enjoy a cup of tea while you’re reading.¬†What’s in your mug this Monday?