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12 Children’s Books About Martin Luther King Jr.

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Happy Martin Luther King Jr Day!

Do your children know who Martin Luther King Jr was? Help them learn about the man behind the holiday with these twelve children’s books about Martin Luther King Jr.

Martin’s Dream by Jane Kurtz

“In 1963 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. gave a speech that proclaimed that it was time – long overdue – for all men to be treated as equals. Today his beliefs are more important than ever, and author Jane Kurtz explains Dr. King’s words in language even the youngest reader can understand.”

Age: 4-6

 

Martin Luther King Jr. Day by Margaret McNamara

“When Mrs. Conner’s class learns about a great man, they discover their own dreams and hopes for a better world!”

Age: 4-6

Martin Luther King Jr. : A Celebration For Children by Big Red Balloon

“This pictorial biography introduces Martin Luther King in a way that is easily accessible to young readers by using poetic devices and kid-friendly illustrations to bring the life a man that became one of the most influential leaders in history. ”

Age: 4-6

All About Martin King Jr. by Todd Outcalt

“Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was one of the most influential leaders in the Civil Rights Movement.

Influenced by Gandhi, Thoreau, and Jesus, he used nonviolent resistance to become a social activist. Martin led civil rights marches and gave powerful and influential speeches, like his I Have a Dream speech at the March on Washington.

Martin hoped that all people would come together for freedom and equality. Martin’s work towards equality would eventually become law, such as the legal end of racial segregation.

Martin Luther King Jr. changed the lives of all Americans and will forever be an American hero.”

Age: 4-7

Happy Birthday, Martin Luther King by Jean Marzollo

“This book is beautifully-rendered study of Martin Luther King Jr.’s life, told in simple, straightforward language for even the youngest of readers to understand. Pinkney’s scratchboard and oil pastel illustrations convey both the strength and gentleness of King’s character. Both text and art carry his central message of peace and brotherhood among all people.”

Age: 4-8

My First Biography: Martin Luther King, Jr. by Marion Dane Bauer

“The MY FIRST BIOGRAPHY series brings the biggest life stories to the smallest readers.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was a great man. His words changed the way people thought, and his actions spurred them on to change the world. With simple, lyrical text and bold, kid-friendly illustrations, this book introduces Dr. King to the youngest readers and inspires them to change the world.”

Age: 4-8

I Am Martin Luther King, Jr. by Brad Meltzer

“Even as a child, Martin Luther King, Jr. was shocked by the terrible and unfair way African-American people were treated. When he grew up, he decided to do something about it—peacefully, with powerful words. He helped gather people together for nonviolent protests and marches, and he always spoke up about loving other human beings and doing what’s right. He spoke about the dream of a kinder future, and bravely led the way toward racial equality in America.”

Age: 5-8

Martin’s Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by Doreen Rappaport

“This picture-book biography is an excellent and accessible introduction for young readers to learn about one of the world’s most influential leaders, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Doreen Rappaport weaves the immortal words of Dr. King into a captivating narrative to tell the story of his life. With stunning art by acclaimed illustrator Bryan Collier, Martin’s Big Words is an unforgettable portrait of a man whose dream changed America-and the world-forever.”

Age: 5-8

Martin Luther King Jr. by Dona Herweck

“Martin Luther King, Jr. used peaceful protests to become one of the world’s greatest African-American Civil Rights leaders. Readers will learn all about his interesting and inspiring life in this engaging biographical reader that features informational text, vibrant images and a timeline of King’s life. ”

Age: 5-10

A Picture Book of Martin Luther King, Jr. by David A. Adler

“As with Adler’s previous books in this series, the picture-book format serves as a highly effective, empathetic way to introduce the life and legacy of important Americans to young children. Here the highlights of King’s life are presented with an emphasis on his childhood and family. Children will immediately relate to his painful early experiences of racism and understand the genesis of his lifelong struggle for racial equality. The book portrays the hatred King endured, the horror of his assassination and the intense power of his message. A single-page list of important dates closes the book. Its most striking aspect is Casilla’s evocative watercolor paintings, which expand the text while celebrating the man.”

Age: 6-9

I Have A Dream: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

“On August 28, 1963, on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial during the March on Washington, Martin Luther King gave one of the most powerful and memorable speeches in our nation’s history. His words, paired with Caldecott Honor winner Kadir Nelson’s magnificent paintings, make for a picture book certain to be treasured by children and adults alike. The themes of equality and freedom for all are not only relevant today, 50 years later, but also provide young readers with an important introduction to our nation’s past. Included with the book is an audio CD of the speech.”

Age: 7+

Who Was Martin Luther King, Jr? by Bonnie Bader

“Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was only 25 when he helped organize the Montgomery Bus Boycott and was soon organizing black people across the country in support of the right to vote, desegregation, and other basic civil rights. Maintaining nonviolent and peaceful tactics even when his life was threatened, King was also an advocate for the poor and spoke out against racial and economic injustice until his death from an assassin’s bullet in 1968. With clearly written text that explains this tumultuous time in history and 80 black-and-white illustrations, this Who Was?? celebrates the vision and the legacy of a remarkable man.”

Age: 8-12

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