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Elizabeth Kennedy

Children's Books for Martin Luther King Day

By January 14, 2014

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Cover art of the children's book I Have a DreamIn honor of Martin Luther King Day, which will be celebrated on Monday, January 20, I'd like to highlight some of the best children's books about African American freedom fighters. One of the most dramatic is I Have a Dream by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., which contains portions of his historic speech, accompanied by the eloquent artwork of Kadir Nelson. The book comes with a CD of Dr. King delivering the speech more than fifty years ago, on August 28, 1963.

Others I recommend include: Martin's Big Words, a wonderful picture book biography of Martin Luther King, Jr., which was written by Doreen Rappaport and has poignant cut-paper collage and watercolor illustrations by Bryan Collier; Portraits of African-American Heroes by Tonya Boldon, with illustrations by Ansel Pitcairn; Freedom on the Menu: The Greensboro Sit-Ins by Carole Boston Weatherford, with illustrations by Jerome Lagarrigue; and Let It Shine: Stories of Black Women Freedom Fighters by Andrea Davis Pinkney, with illustrations by Stephen Alcorn. If you have others to recommend, click on "Comments" below and share information about them.

(Cover art courtesy of Hyperion Books for Children)

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