6 Children's Books To Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day

6 Children's Books To Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day



Happy MLK Day Lovelies,

Martin Luther King Jr Day is a big deal in my home. I grew up with two parents who were alive during the civil rights era. I hear the tales of the race riots they endured. They often talked about how they were some of the first students to be integrated into all-white schools. Those were not easy times. We never shied away from discussing the Civil Right Movement, or slavery and I fully intend to discuss these things with my own daughter. After all, those who forget the past are doomed to repeat it.

If you enjoy celebrating the life and memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, this year, why not let your kids join in the fun? Interested? Here are 6 books that are a great introduction into the life and work of Martin Luther King Jr.

1. Martin's Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 


Ages 5-10

This picture book is the perfect introduction for young readers to learn about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  It offers a mix of vivid imagery to go along with some of MLK's most pivotal speeches, essays, and poetry.


2. As Good As Anybody

Ages 5-10

As Good As Anybody follows the story of Abraham Joshua Heschel a Jewish minister preached and marched alongside Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. This classic chronicals how he and Martin Luther King Jr. formed a remarkable friendship and turned their personal experiences of discrimination into a message of love and equality for all.


3. I Too, Am America 

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Ages 4-8

I Too, Am America is poetry picture book based on Langston Hugh's most celebrated poem. With it's flowing poetry and stunning illustrations, I Too, Am America serves as a reminder to all Americans that we are united despite our differences.


4. Nothing But Trouble: The Story of Althea Gibson 

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Ages 3-7

Nothing But Trouble follows the story of Althea Gibson, the first African American ever to compete in and win the Wimbledon Cup. In addition to the historical significance of Gibson's story, this book also proves that even "troublemakers" can aspire to be great, and that through hard work and dedication, anything is possible.


5. If A Bus Could Talk

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Ages 4-8

If A Bus Could Talk, is the story of how one woman sparked the Civil Rights movement. On her way to school, a young girl named Marcie embarks on a magical bus ride where she meets Rosa Parks and learns about the bus ride that changed America.


6. My Daddy, Dr Martin Luther King, Jr. 

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Ages 4-8



Written by Martin Luther King III, this memoir gives an inside look into one of this nation's most beloved leaders. Through the eyes of his son, readers a given an intimate look at the man and leader behind the Civil Rights movement. 


What are your plans for Martin Luther King Jr. Day this year? Do you have any favorites you like to read to your children? Sound off in the comment section below! 

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Until next time!



10 comments :

  1. Happy Birthday Dr. King. Great post honoring some of his legacy. ;)

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  2. Thank you so much for stopping by and reading! Have a wonderful day!

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    1. Thanks Nicole. Happy I hope you enjoyed your day!

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  4. thanks for sharing, looks like a good selection of books. hope you had a great day :)

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    1. Thanks for reading, I had a wonderful day. I hope you did as well :)

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  5. What a great post. I am saving this for next year for my littles :)

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    1. Great idea Joanna! Thanks for stopping by :)

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