Even young children can understand the concepts of fairness and justice. They are well equipped as preschoolers to describe what it means to be fair, take turns or share. Young children also know what it means to stand up for what you think is right. Who hasn’t heard a child protest, “that’s not fair!”? In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, here are 20 books for children that highlight Dr. King’s life and legacy as standing up for these ideas; fighting for equality and justice beyond the playground.
In 1994, Martin Luther King Jr. Day was officially recognized as a National Day of Service. Volunteers across the country will work together to make a difference. Many of them will be children! To help talk about the many ways even small children can contribute to the bigger world outside their own home, take a look at the book suggestions on Not Too Little to Help: Raising Socially Conscious Kids. “Can I help?” Yes, you CAN!
Websites & Online Activities:
- National Geographic Kids: Martin Luther King Jr. in Pictures
- BrainPop Movie: Martin Luther King Jr.
- Stanford University: King for Kids
- Kids Discover: Who Was Martin Luther King Jr.?
- Printables: Martin Luther King Jr. Coloring Sheets
- Printables: Martin Luther King Jr. Worksheets
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To learn even more about fascinating and inspiring black history makers, visit the Center for Black Literature & Culture at Central Library. The Center is dedicated to celebrating the vibrant and resilient heritage and triumphs of those born of African roots.
“To get young people engaged, one of the things they need is to see themselves in books. It is important for all of us to see ourselves in books, because that encourages us to read in a different way and encourages us to write more.” ~ Dr. Jerrie Cobb Scott Founder of the African American Read-in #weneeddiversebooks