Picture Book Highlights | Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

By Monica C. RSS Fri, January 15, 2021

On Monday, January 18, celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with us!

These books honor Dr. King’s work and the impact of his amazing life during the Civil Rights Movement. A renowned speaker and activist, Dr. King’s words and actions remain powerful and timely. They still inspire us to do better every day and to stand for justice and equality.

Be a King: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Dream and You written by Carole Boston Weatherford; illustrated by James Ransome

ebook available from Overdrive.

Powerful, poetic text is brought to life with stunning, dynamic illustrations of a class of young students embarking on a project about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Through key events of Dr. King’s life, from formative childhood moments to his days as a civil rights leader, the class sees how he never lost hope in a future of equality and justice for all. Readers will learn from Dr. King’s experiences, as the class follows in his footsteps. Even though times change, Dr. King's example remains, and a new generation of children will be inspired to take charge and change the world.

A Place to Land: Martin Luther King Jr and the Speech That Inspired a Nation written by Barry Wittenstein; illustrated by Jerry Pinkney

ebook available from Overdrive.

Much has been written about Martin Luther King, Jr. and the 1963 March on Washington. But there’s little on his legendary speech and how he came to write it. Martin Luther King, Jr. was once asked if the hardest part of preaching was knowing where to begin. No, he said. The hardest part is knowing where to end. "It’s terrible to be circling up there without a place to land." Finding this place to land was what Martin Luther King, Jr. struggled with, alongside advisors and fellow speech writers, in the Willard Hotel the night before the March on Washington, where he gave his historic "I Have a Dream" speech. But those famous words were never intended to be heard on that day, not even written down for that day, not even once.

Martin Rising: Requiem for a King written by Andrea Davis Pinkney; illustrated by Brian Pinkney

ebook available from Overdrive.

In a rich embroidery of visions, musical cadence, and deep emotion, Andrea and Brian Pinkney convey the final months of Martin Luther King's life—and of his assassination—through metaphor, spirituality, and multilayers of meaning. This book brings a fresh perspective to Martin Luther King, Jr., the Gandhi-like, peace-loving activist whose dream of equality—and whose courage to make it happen—changed the course of American history. Even in his death, he continues to transform and inspire all of us who share his dream

Let the Children March written by Monica Clark-Robinson; illustrated by Frank Morrison

ebook available from Overdrive.

In 1963 Birmingham, Alabama, thousands of African American children volunteered to march for their civil rights after hearing Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. speak. They protested the laws that kept black people separate from white people. Facing fear, hate, and danger, these children used their voices to change the world.

We March by Shane Evans

ebook available from Overdrive.

On August 28, 1963, a remarkable event took place—more than 250,000 people gathered in our nation's capital to participate in the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. The march began at the Washington Monument and ended with a rally at the Lincoln Memorial, where Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his historic "I Have a Dream" speech, advocating for racial harmony. Many words have been written about that day, but few so delicate and powerful as those presented here by award-winning author and illustrator Shane W. Evans. When combined with his simple yet compelling illustrations, the thrill of the day is brought to life for even the youngest reader to experience.

Be sure to check our catalog and Overdrive Kids eReading Room, for these titles and many more being added!


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