In addition to numerous children's biographies on the Civil Rights hero, Martin Luther King Jr., here are some related titles to help celebrate his life:
- Love Will See You Through is by King's niece, Angela Watkins. For grades 2-6, this highly illustrated picture book provides a simplified version of Dr. King's principles of nonviolence.
- What Was the March on Washington? by Kathleen Krull describes the 1963 gathering helmed by Dr. King, and explains why the march is still important in today's American history. Readers in grades 3-5 will most appreciate this book.
- King's most famous speech is presented in picture book form in I Have a Dream, which is illustrated by artists who had won Coretta Scott King award or honors for their work.
- Outstanding for its simplicity, We March by Shane Evans chronicles an African-American family preparing and attending the famous March on Washington. It's told in first person, with fewer than 60 words, yet captures the mood eloquently.
- For fictional twists, look to King's Courage by Stacia Deutsch for grades 2-4. Time traveling pals experience Selma Alabama and see the human side of a cultural hero. Eleanora Tate's Thank You, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. tells of an elementary school girl's reluctant participation in a Black History Month play at school.
Call #394.261 books cover the holiday itself.