Martin Luther King, Jr. Books

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Martin Luther King, Jr. Books
Sun, 01-18-2009 - 9:10pm

This little boardbook uses only approximately 200 words to tell about the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. and to explain, in simple terms, how he ended segegation in America. Ages 4-8

On August 28, 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered a speech that moved and inspired America. Here, in its entirety, is Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s visionary speech, with a foreword by the late Coretta Scott King and paintings by l5 Coretta Scott King Award and Honor Book Artists. Ages 4-8

Letters from children, black and white, written to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at the suggestion of a group of Memphis teachers, are the heart of this well-designed book, which mixes photos of contemporary kids with shots that reflect the struggle for civil rights that took place during the 1960s. The writers, ranging in age from 6 to 12, address King with an easy familiarity, telling bits about themselves ("You may be upset with me because I've been in fights"), posing questions, explaining how things have changed and what still needs to be accomplished, or expressing thanks. The design is attractive, with layout, type size, and font varying from page to page, making each letter seem unique. This will be a good adjunct to the study of the civil rights movement or Dr. King's life, with a number of the letters making excellent read-alouds, and some children will surely be inspired to do a little letter writing of their own.