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25 Kids' Books to Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.


12/26/2019 | Favorite Subjects, Holidays & Seasons

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!

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25 Kids' Books to Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.

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. #indyplkids IndyPL_Carrie

Martin & Anne

The Kindred Spirits of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Anne Frank

Churnin, Nancy

Martin Luther King Jr. and Anne Frank were both born in 1929. This book tells the story of the ways their lives were similar beyond just the year each was born - they both left legacies of kindness, love, and peace which had a lasting impact on the world.

The Youngest Marcher

The Story of Audrey Faye Hendricks, A Young Civil Rights Activist

Levinson, Cynthia

The story of nine-year-old Audrey Faye Hendricks who became the youngest child to be arrested for marching against segregation practices in 1963.

A Place to Land

Martin Luther King Jr. and the Speech That Inspired A Nation

Wittenstein, Barry

A behind-the-scenes look at the writing of Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech, including encouragement from gospel singer Mahalia Jackson to "tell them about the dream." Rather than simply re-printing the text of the speech, this book tells the story of how he decided what to say, and why.