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Celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr.


Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is coming up in a couple of days and we wanted to catch you up on some of these great children’s books to help you remember the holiday!

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

Fifty years ago, on August 28, 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. stood before the nation and gave one of the most powerful and memorable speeches in our history. His call for the freedom and equality of all people, no matter the color of their skin, would echo in the heart and mind of every American–both young and old–for generations to come.

In the only picture book version of Dr. King’s speech in print, two-time Caldecott Honor winner Kadir Nelson has illustrated its most iconic words with magnificent paintings, with the speech in its entirety included in the back of the book . Here, Dr. King’s dream comes alive again and again for today’s children.

Martin & Mahalia: His Words Her Song by Andrea & Brian Pinkney

They were each born with the gift of gospel. As partners in the civil rights movement, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Mahalia Jackson fought segregation in America with the sheer power of their voices. Martin moved crowds with his message of hope and peace, while Mahalia stirred up their souls with her smooth and booming vocals. United at the momentous March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, they stood together, shared a dream, and changed the course of history.

My Daddy, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by Martin Luther King III

What was it like growing up as a son of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.? This picture book memoir provides insight into one of history’s most fascinating families and into a special bond between father and son.

“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.”

Martin Luther King III was one of those four little children mentioned in Martin Luther King’s groundbreaking “I Have a Dream” speech. In this memoir, Martin Luther King Jr.’s son gives an intimate look at the man and the father behind the civil rights leader. Mr. King’s remembrances show both his warm, loving family and a momentous time in American history.

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