We have compiled a list of our Top Children’s Books for Celebrating MLK Day for you to enjoy. These picture books and graphic novels will assist kids in having thoughtful conversations about how to keep the powerful legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. alive by taking action.
• Top Children’s Books for Celebrating MLK Day•
My Story of the Making of Martin Luther King Day
This brilliant memoir-in-verse tells the moving story of how a nation learned to celebrate a hero. Through years of protests and petition, Kathlyn’s story highlights the foot soldiers who fought to make Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday a national holiday.
Ain‘t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me ‘Round is a deeply moving middle grade memoir about what it means to be an everyday activist and foot solider for racial justice, as Kathlyn recounts how, drawn to activism from childhood, she went from attending protests as a teenager to fighting for Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday to become a national holiday as an adult. A blueprint for kids starting down their own paths to civic awareness, it shows life beyond protests and details the sustained time, passion, and energy it takes to turn an idea into a law.
Deftly weaving together monumental historical events with a heartfelt coming-of-age story and in-depth information on law making, Ain‘t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me ‘Round is the perfect engaging example of how history can help inform the present.
Written by Kathlyn J Kirkwoodand Illustrated by Steffi Walthall
Published by Versify Books
Discover the life of Martin Luther King Jr–a story for kids ages 6 to 9 about standing up for civil rights
Martin Luther King Jr became one of the most important civil rights leaders in America by fighting for equality for black people. Before he made history with his powerful speeches and peaceful protests, Martin was a dedicated, smart kid who loved to learn. He challenged racism and overcame hardships to follow his passion and do the right thing.
Of all the Martin Luther King Jr books for kids, this one really helps you explore how Martin went from being a kid with a dream to an outstanding leader who made America a better place for everyone. How will his life inspire you to do what’s right?
All Martin Luther King Jr books for kids should include:
- Path to power–Unlike other Martin Luther King Jr books for kids, this one has a visual timeline so you can see Martin’s progress through life.
- Word definitions–This standout among Martin Luther King Jr books for kids has a helpful glossary for the more advanced words and ideas inside.
- Lasting change–Everything that Martin Luther King Jr books for kids should be, this book explains how Martin made the world a better place for future generations.
If you’ve been searching for Martin Luther King Jr books for kids that have beautiful illustrations and easy-to-read chapters, look no further–this one has it all!
The Story of Martin Luther King Jr.: A Biography Book for New Readers
Written by Christine Platt
Published by Rockridge Press
Martin Luther King, Jr.: A Kid’s Book About Advancing Civil Rights With Nonviolence (Mini Movers and Shakers)
Published by Holiday House