Cover Reveal: Lizzie Demands a Seat! Elizabeth Jennings Fights for Streetcar Rights

We are very excited to reveal the cover of LIZZIE DEMANDS A SEAT! ELIZABETH JENNINGS FIGHTS FOR STREETCAR RIGHTS, by Beth Anderson, illustrated by E.B. Lewis, coming out in January 2020 from Calkins Creek.

About the Book

In 1854, one hundred years before Rosa Parks took her stand, Elizabeth “Lizzie” Jennings tried to board a streetcar in New York City on her way to church. Though there were plenty of empty seats, she was denied entry, assaulted, and threatened all because of her race–even though New York was a free state at that time. Lizzie decided to fight back. She told her story, took her case to court–where future president Chester Arthur represented her–and won! Her victory was the first recorded in the fight for equal rights on public transportation, and Lizzie’s case set a precedent. 

About the Author 

Beth Anderson, author of AN INCONVENIENT ALPHABET, loves digging into history and culture for undiscovered gems. A former educator, she is drawn to stories that open minds, touch hearts, and inspire questions. Born and raised in Illinois, she now lives in Loveland, Colorado.

About the Illustrator

The award winning illustrator and fine artist, E.B. Lewis has illustrated over seventy books for children, including the 2004 Caldecott Honor Award Winner, Jacqueline Woodson’s Coming on Home Soon, a five time Coretta Scott King winner, which includes the Award winning Nikki Grimes’, Talking About Bessie, and numbers other awards. 

Lewis attended the Temple University Tyler School of Art, where, he discovered his medium of preference was watercolor. After graduating, he taught art in public schools for twelve years. Presently, E.B. teaches at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. He is also a member of The Society of Illustrators in New York City, and an artist member of Salamagundi Art Club of New York. 

Pre-order your copy today! 


  1. Oh MY Gosh!! I absolutely love this cover...and I can guarantee that this will be one of my favorite pbs of 2020! So excited for you, Beth...this is a great story and you've told it with passion! And I can see the illustrations are going to be brilliant!

  2. Congratulations on your new book Beth! Can't wait to read this in 2020!

  3. Great cover! Can't wait to read this one! Yay!

  4. What a stunning cover for a wonderful story! Congratulations Beth!

  5. I love that non-fiction PBs can bring history to life for young readers and their reading adults! Thanks Beth! Congratulations!


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