Books are an effective way to start the conversation around diversity and racism and can help teach children about the work of Martin Luther King Junior. Here is a list of some of our favorite books for preschool and elementary-aged children.
Reading intro: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is the day we celebrate the birthday of an important man each year. Why do we remember him? Martin Luther King, Jr. was born in 1929. As he grew up, he noticed that there were things he was not allowed to do because of the color of his skin, such as drinking from a certain water fountain, or going to any school. When he grew up, he spoke out against this. He had a dream that his four children would not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their characters. Martin worked towards making our country a better place where everyone is treated equally, and we remember him for his important words and actions.
- The Story of Martin Luther King Jr
- Be a King: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Dream and You
- I am Martin Luther King, Jr.
- My Uncle Martin’s Big Heart
- Martin’s Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
- The Day you Begin
- We are All Alike, We are All Different
- Am I a Color, too?
- The Skin You Live In
- Giant Steps to Change the World
- Black, White, Just Right!
- The Colors of Us
- Remarkably You