Monday is the Martin Luther King holiday. This week’s book selections tell Martin Luther King’s story from childhood through adulthood and his involvement with the freedom movement. Books for the whole family.
A Picture Book of Martin Luther King, Jr. by David Adler is for kids Kindergarten-Grade 2—“ 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. However, the outstanding feature of this book is the vivid watercolor illustrations, which are sure to capture readers’ attention. Casilla dramatically reveals the mood and feelings of the era. An error appears in the chronology section, where it states that King was married in Marion, Georgia instead of Marion, Alabama (some sources list Heiberger, Alabama, which is nearby). A fine introduction to King and the freedom movement, and one that would be equally useful for storyhour and discussion groups. –Jeanette Lambert, LaVega School, Waco, TX“ Review from Amazon
Martin’s Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by Doreen Rappaport is for readers aged 5 and up. “This picture-book biography is an excellent and accessible introduction for young readers to learn about one of the world’s most influential leaders, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Doreen Rappaport weaves the immortal words of Dr. King into a captivating narrative to tell the story of his life. With stunning art by acclaimed illustrator Bryan Collier, Martin’s Big Words is an unforgettable portrait of a man whose dream changed America—and the world—forever.” Review from Amazon.
DK Biography: Martin Luther King, Jr. by Amy Pastan is for kids aged 10 and up. “Tells the amazing story of struggle and triumph of one of the greatest Civil Rights leaders. In this groundbreaking new series, DK brings together fresh voices and DK design values to give readers the most information-packed, visually exciting biographies on the market today. Full-color photographs of people, places, and artifacts, definitions of key words, and sidebars on related subjects add dimension and relevance to stories of famous lives that students will love to read.” Review from Amazon