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Every year, the Library of Congress Center for the Book features a book from each state and territories, creating

an annual list of “Great Reads.” Books are chosen by

their state library or Library of Congress affiliate.

A Vote for Susanna, The First Woman Mayor

has been chosen by the Kansas Center for the Book to represent Kansas for this list and at the

2022 National Book Festival of the Library of Congress!

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The State Library of Kansas is proud to name

A Vote for Susanna

as the book to represent Kansas

at the National Book Festival

-State Librarian Ray Walling 

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The Kansas Notable Books List recognizes annually 15 outstanding titles (by Kansans or about Kansas). The list encourages "readers to enjoy some of the best writing of the authors among us."

This year’s selection committee includes representatives of public, university, and school libraries, teachers, academics, and writers. 

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Our verdict: GET IT

Verdict: An engaging work of narrative nonfiction that has clear applications in classrooms and school libraries. Recommended for elementary collections.


In 1887, the state of Kansas gave women the right to vote in municipal elections. But some men in the city of Argonia, Kansas didn’t think women should have a say in choosing their next mayor, so they put a woman on the ballot―as a joke. That woman was Susanna Salter―and soon the men would find the joke was on them! Narrated by a grandmother who remembered what happened on that election day, this is the true story of a woman who stood up for her right to vote and accomplished so much more.



This book will take readers into the world of Susanna Salter, allowing children and their adult readers to literally “taste” a piece of her story. 


No other books have been written about Mayor Salter’s 1887 election, the international attention it garnered or the impact it had in the fight for women’s equality (most notably, in Kansas).

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