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BOOKS ABOUT DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.
Martin’s Big Words 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.
My First Biography: Martin Luther King, Jr. by Marion Dane Bauer
National Geographic Kids: Martin Luther King, Jr. by Kitson Jazynka
I am Martin Luther King, Jr. by Brad Meltzer
A Picture Book of Martin Luther King, Jr. by David A. Adler
This books shares how Dr. King’s interest in equality was sparked by experiences in his childhood, and how his legacy shaped modern America.
I have a Dream by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
From Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s daughter, Dr. Bernice A. King: “My father’s dream continues to live on from generation to generation, and this beautiful and powerful illustrated edition of his world-changing “I Have a Dream” speech brings his inspiring message of freedom, equality, and peace to the youngest among us—those who will one day carry his dream forward for everyone.”
The Cart That Carried Martin by Eve Bunting
Be a King: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Dream and You by Carole Boston Weatherford
See a class of young students as they begin a school project inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and learn to follow his example, as he dealt with adversity and never lost hope that a future of equality and justice would soon be a reality. As times change, Dr. King’s example remains, encouraging a new generation of children to take charge and change the world . . . to be a King.
Let the Children March by Monica Clark-Robinson
A Place to Land: Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Speech That Inspired a Nation by Barry Wittenstein
Martin was once asked if the hardest part of preaching was knowing where to begin. No, he said. The hardest part is knowing where to end. “It’s terrible to be circling up there without a place to land.” Finding this place to land was what Dr. King struggled with, alongside advisors and fellow speech writers, in the Willard Hotel the night before the March on Washington, where he gave his historic “I Have a Dream” speech. But those famous words were never intended to be heard on that day, not even written down for that day, not even once.
Martin Luther King, Jr. and the March on Washington by Frances E. Ruffin
While it isn’t a book about Dr. King, you can also revisit The Crayon Box That Talked by Shane DeRolf. This book is great for making connections about how powerful words can be and the message behind both Martin’s dream and DeRolf’s text.
MLK CLASSROOM RESOURCES
One idea is to have students write about a dream they have for the future. Then add a 4×6 photo of the student to the page. You can grab this freebie here.
You could also take student photos and add a speech bubble caption with each child’s dream on it. Educlips has some adorable speech bubbles that would be perfect for this project. You can grab those here: