Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, held the third Monday in January, celebrates the life and civil rights work of Dr. King. In 1994, the holiday was officially recognized as a National Day of Service where volunteers across the country work together to make a difference in their communities. To learn more about Dr. King’s dream, check out these titles and more at neighborhood library branch.
March On!: The Day My Brother Martin Changed the World, by Christine King Farris
Martin Luther King, Jr.’s, sister remembers the March on Washington. From Dr. Martin Luther King’s sister, the definitive tribute to the man, the march, and the speech that changed a nation.
Martin’s Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., by Doreen Rappaport
This picture book biography of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. brings his life and the profound nature of his message to young children through his own words. Martin Luther King, Jr., was one of the most influential and gifted speakers of all time. Doreen Rappaport uses quotes from some of his most beloved speeches to tell the story of his life and his work in a simple, direct way. Bryan Collier’s stunning collage art combines remarkable watercolor paintings with vibrant patterns and textures. A timeline and a list of additional books and web sites help make this a standout biography of Dr. King.
Dear Dr. King: Letters from Today’s Children to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., edited by Jan Colbert and Ann McMillan Harms
Published to commemorate the 30th anniversary of Dr. King’s assassination, “Dear Dr. King” features a collection of letters culled from a project masterminded by a Memphis schoolteacher and one Memphis parent of two school-age children. These letters represent the most thought-provoking, poignant, and sometimes humorous questions that children would like to have asked Dr. King and provide a fascinating snapshot of race issues in America today. 60+ photos.
I Have a Dream, by Martin Luther King, Jr., paintings by Kadir Nelson
A Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Book 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.” 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.
As Good As Anybody: Martin Luther King and Abraham Joshua Heschel’s Amazing March Towards Freedom, by Richard Michelson
Martin Luther King, Jr. and Abraham Joshua Heschel. Their names stand for the quest for justice and equality. Martin grew up in a loving family in the American South, at a time when this country was plagued by racial discrimination. He aimed to put a stop to it. He became a minister like his daddy, and he preached and marched for his cause. Abraham grew up in a loving family many years earlier, in a Europe that did not welcome Jews. He found a new home in America, where he became a respected rabbi like his father, carrying a message of peace and acceptance. Here is the story of two icons for social justice, how they formed a remarkable friendship and turned their personal experiences of discrimination into a message of love and equality for all.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is the perfect opportunity to teach children about tolerance and acceptance of others. Regardless of the color of our skin, we are the same inside and deserve to be treated equally. Instructions for this craft can be found at Artists Helping Children.