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Martin Luther King Jr.


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by Trudi Strain Trueit (2006)
This little book tells the story of Martin Luther King Jr. and how he excelled at school, became a minister, and worked to end segregation in America. Parents can use this book to introduce Dr. King to the very young child through these simple words and delicate watercolors. From the Rookie Read-About Holidays series.

by Faith Ringold (1998)
Faith Ringgold had a dream about Martin Luther King. Simply narrated in her own voice, Ringgold -- award-winning creator of Tar Beach and Aunt Harriet's Underground Railroad in the Sky paints a vivid, powerful picture of King's childhood and strong family life, along with glimpses of prejudice, segregation, and protest. Her vision blurs dreamily into King's adult life -- from his family, to protests of Rosa Parks' arrest, even to his assassination. Illustrated with Ringgold's dramatic folk-modern paintings, My Dream of Martin Luther King is one of the most creative, successful, accessible tributes to Martin Luther King for children ages 4-8.

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by Johnny Ray Moore (2002)
This little boardbook uses watercolor illustrations and approximately 200 words to tell about the life of Martin Luther King Jr. It explains, in simple terms, how he excelled at school, became a minister, and worked to end segregation in America. In spite of its simple vocabulary, this easy-to-read biography offers young children a glimpse into Martin Luther King's impact on society.

by Jean Marzollo (2006)
This book is beautifully-rendered study of Martin Luther King Jr.'s life, told in simple, straightforward language for even the youngest of readers to understand. J. Brian Pinkney's scratchboard and oil pastel illustrations convey both the strength and gentleness of King's character. Both text and art carry his central message of peace and brotherhood among all people.

by Ellen Levine (1994)
A different time... a different place... What if you were there? If you lived at the time of Martin Luther King, you would have seen important changes brought about by the civil rights movement. When did the civil rights movement begin? Were children involved in civil rights protests? What was the March on Washington? This book tells you what it was like during the exciting era when Martin Luther King led the fight against segregation.

by David A. Adler
This beautifully illustrated , easy-to-read biography takes a look at the life, leadership, and ideals of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Adler examines King's family background, leadership of the Montgomery bus boycott, and the 1963 march on Washington, D.C. By focusing primarily on these events, Adler provides young readers with enough basic information to form a well-rounded picture of King and his ideals. Vivid watercolor illustrations capture readers' attention and the mood and feelings of the era. (School Library Journal)

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