top 10 books for kids to honor martin luther king jr

Top 10 Books and Movies to Honor Martin Luther King Jr.

Are you looking for tools to teach your children about Martin Luther King Jr.? This collection of books and movies help teach kids about the legacy of Dr. King not only on Martin Luther King Jr. Day but all year round. These books and movies highlight the life and legacy of the prominent civil rights activist, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

I Have A Dream

Illustrations by: Kadir Nelson

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Age Recommendation: 6 and up

I Have A Dream is and illustrated exploration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous speech delivered at the Lincoln Memorial  in 1963.

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I Am Martin Luther King Jr.: Ordinary People Change the World

by: Brad Meltzer

Age Recommendation: 7 and up

This book is part of a series about important people who changed the world. It tells the story of Martin Luther King Jr. as a child and how the injustices his encountered guided the way he worked to lead America to racial equality.

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Our Friend, Martin

Rated: G

Age Recommendation: 8 and up

This 1999 animated movie tells the story of 2 sixth graders that are transported back in time to meet Martin Luther King Jr. The get to see first hand how different the country was in the south during the 1950s and 60s and witness the fight against racism.

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Selma

Rated: PG-13

Age Recommendation: 13 and up

Selma chronicles the tumultuous three-month period in 1965, when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. led a dangerous campaign to secure equal voting rights in the face of violent opposition.

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National Geographic Readers: Martin Luther King, Jr.

by: Kitson Jazynka

Age Recommendation: 6 and up

This leveled reader teaches about kids life and legacy civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The book features sidebars, timetables, diagrams and fun facts to hold the interest of the young reader.

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Martin’s Dream

by: Jane Kurtz

Age Recommendation: 5 and up

In 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. gave a speech that proclaimed that it was time—long overdue—for all men to be treated as equals. Today, his beliefs are more important than ever, and this nonficiton book explains his words in language that will be clear for even the youngest reader.

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Martin Rising: Requiem For a King

by: Andrea Davis Pinkney

Age Recommendation: 9 and up

This book covers the final months of Martin Luther King’s life and of his assassination through metaphor, spirituality, and multi-layers of meaning. Andrea’s stunning poetic requiem, illustrated with Brian’s lyrical and colorful artwork, brings a fresh perspective to Martin Luther King.

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I Am Brave: A Little Book About Martin Luther King Jr.

by: Brad Meltzer

Age Recommendation: 5 and up

This friendly, fun biography focuses on the traits that made Martin Luther King Jr. great and the traits that kids can aspire to in order to live heroically themselves.

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A Place to Land: Martin Luther King Jr. and the Speech that Inspired A Nation

by: Barry Wittenstein

Age Recommendation: 8 and up

Much has been written about Martin Luther King, Jr. and the 1963 March on Washington. But there’s little on his legendary speech and how he came to write it.

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Who Was Martin Luther King Jr.

by: Bonnie Bader

Age Recommendation: 8 and up

Who Was Martin Luther King Jr. provides clearly written text that explains this tumultuous time in history and 80 black-and-white illustrations, this Who Was? celebrates the vision and the legacy of a remarkable man.

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