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25 Kids' Books to Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.

01/09/2019 | Favorite Subjects, Holidays & Seasons

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 25 books for children that highlight Dr. King's life and legacy standing up for these ideas; fighting for equality and justice beyond the playground.

In 1994, Martin Luther King Jr. Day (the third Monday of January) 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:

Martin Luther King Jr. Color By Number PrintableMartin Luther King Jr. I Can Dream WorksheetMartin Luther King Jr. Coloring SheetMartin Luther King Jr. March on Washington Maze


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I Can Read Martin Luther King Jr.Martin RisingBe a KingThe Cart That Carried MartinI Have a DreamI Am Martin Luther King Jr.The Little Book of Little ActivistsA is for ActivistA Sweet Smell of RosesBack of the BusBelle the Last Mule at Gee's BendMake a ChangeThat Is My DreamThese HandsWe Shall Overcome the Story of a SongOur Children Can SoarHappy Birthday Martin Luther King Jr.March OnMartin & MahaliaMartin's Big WordsMartin's Dream DayWe MarchWhen Martin Luther King Jr. Wore Roller SkatesThe Youngest Marcher

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