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Children’s Books to Celebrate MLK Day with Preschoolers

Jan 16, 2020    |   Celebrating DiversityChildren’s Books

Monday, January 20th is Martin Luther King Jr. Day. This is a day to remember the heroic and inspiring work of Martin Luther King, one the most important figures of black history. While many children might have heard his name, a lot might not know his story or some of the details of his work. His legacy of hope and compassion are still relevant today and will create an opportunity for meaningful conversation with children in your care.

I am Martin Luther King, Jr.

by Brad Meltzer

Historian Brad Meltzer gives children the inspiring message that we can all be heroes through this picture biography. With simple text and friendly illustrations, I Am Martin Luther King Jr. makes the life and legacy MLK accessible to readers in preschool and pre-k.

Be a King: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Dream and You

Written by Carole Boston Weatherford & Illustrated by James E. Ransome

This book shares the story of young students who are learning about MLK, while following key moments of his life and work. Children in preschool and pre-k will enjoy the poetic text and the message inspiring reminder that all of us have an opportunity to stand up for justice.

A Sweet Smell of Roses

Written by Angela Johnson & Illustrated by Eric Velazquez

This book tells the story of two young girls who sneak out of the house to join a freedom March with Martin Luther King Jr. The simple text and the charcoal illustrations make for a beautiful way to introduce the history of MLK and the Civil Rights Movement to children in pre-k.

Happy Birthday, Martin Luther King

Written by Jean Marzollo & Illustrated by Brian Pinkney

This book explains the significance and impact of Martin Luther King Jr.’s life and work. Using clear language, this book makes a complicated topic accessible to preschoolers. The book’s simple and interesting scratchboard illustrations will engage young readers as they learn why we still celebrate Dr. King’s birthday.

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