3 children's books that celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

It is very important that we share the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with our children in a way that is both age appropriate and meaningful to them. Books have a magical way of taking powerful moments in our history and making them tangible for our children. 

Here are three incredible children's books for you to read with your children while keeping Dr. King's memory alive.

Martin's Big Words: The Life of Martin Luther King  by Doreen Rappaport (Ages 4-8/Grade: Pre-K-3).  This picture book biography of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. brings his life and the profound nature of his message to young readers through his own words, using quotes from some of his most beloved speeches to tell his life story in a simple, direct way.

If You Grew Up at the Time of Martin Luther King by Ellen Levine (Ages 7-10/Grade: 2-4). The If You series provides a child-friendly way for beginning readers to learn about significant eras in our past, while still being a lot of fun. Each book's inviting question-and-answer format and lively full-color illustrations make this truly living history. This series is a go-to source for history made comprehensive, comprehensible, and entertaining.


I Am Martin Luther King Jr. by Grace Norwich (Ages 8-10/Grade: 3-4). Learn all about this heroic man, whose accomplishments are truly inspiring. The book features illustrations throughout, a timeline, maps, sidebars, and a top ten list of important things to know about Martin Luther King, Jr.

Each of these books does a remarkable job of exposing children to the life, legacy and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. I encourage you to take the time to share these stories, not just on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, but throughout the year. All three books are available at The Scholastic Store where you can enjoy a 10% discount by clicking on the link! Enjoy!