Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Kadir Nelson, illustrator
Schwartz & Wade Books, Oct. 2012
Suitable for Ages: 5-10
Themes: Dr. Martin Luther King, African-Americans, Civil Rights, Freedom, Diversity
Opening/Synopsis: “I say to you today, my friends, that even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream. I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.”
Book Cover: From Dr. Bernice A. King: “My father’s dream continues to live on from generation to generation, and this beautiful and powerful illustrated edition of his world-changing “I Have a Dream” speech brings his inspiring message of freedom, equality, and peace to the youngest among us — those who will one day carry his dream forward for everyone.”
Why I like this book: Artist Kadir Nelson has taken one of the most powerful and inspirational speeches in history, and created a beautifully illustrated book set to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s iconic speech delivered on Aug. 28, 1963. Nelson’s oil paintings are masterpieces and a feast for the eyes and soul. I was mesmerized by the strength and power in each painting. Now a new generation of children will have the opportunity to learn about this great civil rights leader.
Resources: There is a CD that accompanies this book. The entire speech is printed at the end of the book. With the inauguration of President Barak Obama, our first African-American President, falling on Jan. 21, Martin Luther King Day, it is right to combine the two. In honor of both, tomorrow, January 19, has been named a National Day of Service, and Americans are being urged to get involved in a local community service project. Just check on the website for information
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