“The time is always right to do what is right.”
~ Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
To honour one of the greatest leaders and civil rights activists, America celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. Day as a federal holiday. It is observed on the third Monday of January each year, which is around King’s birthday (15th).
Let your children be inspired to stand up for equality with these beautiful children’s books about Martin Luther King Jr.!
14 Children’s Books about Martin Luther King Jr.
I am Martin Luther King, Jr.
by Brad Meltzer
Released last year, this lively picture biography by historian Brad Meltzer gives children the inspiring message that we can all be heroes. With simple text and cartoon-style illustrations, I Am Martin Luther King Jr. makes King’s life accessible to the youngest readers. ~ Preschool
The Story of Martin Luther King Jr.
by Johnny Ray Moore
In only 200 simple words The Story of Martin Luther King Jr. explains to the youngest readers how Martin Luther King Jr ended segregation in America. This little board book with its soft watercolour illustrations is an accessible introduction to one the most important figures of black history. ~ Preschool
My Uncle Martin’s Big Heart
by Angela Farris Watkins
Told from the perspective of his young niece, My Uncle Martin’s Big Heart gives a personal insight into one of the most influential figures of the twentieth century. Complemented by Velasquez’s stunning artwork, Angela Farris Watkins presents children with a rare glimpse into her uncle’s life at home, including special family moments. ~ Preschool
My First Biography: Martin Luther King, Jr.
by Marion Dane Bauer
With simple, lyrical text and bold, child-friendly illustrations, Martin Luther King, Jr. introduces one of the world’s greatest heroes to the youngest readers and inspires them to change the world. ~ Preschool
Martin’s Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
by Doreen Rappaport
With simple text – interwoven with some of King’s famous words – and stunning artwork, this award-winning picture book biography introduces young readers to the life of one of the world’s most influential leaders. Starting with his childhood, Martin’s Big Words is an exquisite portrait of a man whose dream changed the world forever. Includes a brief chronology and bibliography. ~ Elementary School
National Geographic Readers: Martin Luther King, Jr.
by Kitson Jazynka
“Can you imagine a world where laws kept black and white people apart? Where black children couldn’t swim in the same pools as white children?” National Geographic Readers: Martin Luther King, Jr. engages Level 3 readers with a colourful design and encourages them to explore King’s life through questions, sidebars, timetables, diagrams, fun facts and a quiz. ~ Elementary School
I Have a Dream
by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
On August 28, 1963, during the March on Washington, Martin Luther King Jr. gave one of the most powerful and memorable speeches in American history. Award-winning I Have A Dream perfectly pairs King’s words on freedom and equality with Caldecott Honor winner Kadir Nelson’s expressive paintings. Includes an audio CD of the speech. ~ Elementary School
My Brother Martin
by Christine King Farris
“Mother Dear, one day I’m going to turn this world upside down.” In My Brother Martin King’s older sister shares some of her memories of young Martin, from playing jokes and practicing the piano to a pivotal childhood experience of racism and discrimination that started King’s dream. ~ Elementary School
by Jane Kurtz
With simple text and appealing illustrations, Martin’s Dream is a perfect first picture book biography about King for lower Elementary School students. The book also makes for a great read-aloud for non-readers. Includes a timeline of important dates. ~ Elementary School
I Am #4: Martin Luther King Jr.
by Grace Norwich
Written from his own perspective, this chapter book follows King’s life, from his childhood through to his famous “I Have a Dream” speech.I am #4: Martin Luther King Jr. features illustrations throughout, a timeline, maps, sidebars, famous quotes, and a list of important facts about the iconic civil rights activist. ~ Elementary School
My Daddy, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
by Martin Luther, III King
“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.” One of the four little children mentioned in King’s powerful “I Have a Dream” speech is Martin Luther King III. My Daddy is a poignant picture book memoir that captures ordinary and extraordinary moments of the author’s brief childhood with his famous father. ~ Elementary School
My Dream of Martin Luther King
by Faith Ringgold
“This time we had come to mourn Martin Luther King’s death by trading in bags containing our prejudice, hate, ignorance, violence, and fear for the slain hero’s dream. We emptied the bags onto a great pile, and as the last bag was dumped, the pile exploded into a fire so bright that it lit up the whole world. There, emblazoned across the sky, were the words: EVERY GOOD THING STARTS WITH A DREAM.” My Dream of Martin Luther King is acclaimed artist and fellow civil rights activist Faith Ringgold’s personal and powerful tribute to King’s life. ~ Elementary School
More about Faith Ringgold: Author Spotlight: Faith Ringgold
Who Was Martin Luther King, Jr.?
by Bonnie Bader
In short chapters with clearly written text, Who Was Martin Luther King, Jr. takes a look at King’s life and explains the historical context in an accessible way for older Elementary and younger Middle School students. Eighty black-and-white illustrations complement the text perfectly. ~ Elementary School, Middle School
Free At Last: The Story of Martin Luther King, Jr.
by Angela Bull
With simple text, informative sidebars and expressive illustrations, Free At Last! is a Martin Luther King Jr. biography for proficient readers that gives a good insight into the life of the slain civil rights leader, from his childhood to his death. ~ Elementary School, Middle School
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