January 18th is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, established to celebrate the life of MLK, Jr. and his achievements as an activist for equality, civil rights, and nonviolence. In honor of his “I have a dream” speech, storytimes this week are based around the theme of dreams.
This is a great opportunity for children to learn more about his life and our country’s history, and we invite you to explore the resources Handley Regional Library has for learning about him.
We march by Shane W. Evans – JE Evans
“Illustrations and brief text portray the events of the 1963 march in Washington, D.C., where the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. delivered a historic speech.”
Riding to Washington by Gwenyth Swain ; illustrated by David Geister – JE Swain
“A young white girl rides the bus with her father to the March on Washington in 1963–at which Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., would give his “I Have a Dream” speech. She comes to see that Dr. King’s dream belongs not just to Blacks but to all Americans.”
Who was Martin Luther King, Jr.? by Bonnie Bader ; illustrated by Elizabeth Wolf – JB King
“An introduction to the life Martin Luther King, Jr. Including how he organized the Montgomery Bus Boycott and African American people across the country in support of the right to vote, desegregation, and other basic civil rights.”
A picture book of Martin Luther King, Jr. by David A. Adler ; illustrated by Robert Casilla – JB King
“A brief, illustrated, biography of the Baptist minister and civil rights leader whose philosophy and practice of nonviolent civil disobedience helped American blacks win many battles for equal rights.”
My dream of Martin Luther King by Faith Ringgold – J 323.092 Rin
“Illustrated with the dramatic, folk-modern paintings for which Faith Ringgold is renowned, My Dream of Martin Luther King, Jr. is a vivid, captivating, and deeply inspiring work that will confirm her status as one of the most influential and innovative children’s book artists working today.” — description from Publisher.
I have a dream by Martin Luther King, Jr. – J 305.896 Kin
A picture book version containing the full text of MLK, Jr.’s famous speech, illustrated by 15 different Corretta Scott King award- and honor-winning artists.
I have a dream [sound recording] / Martin Luther King, Jr. ; illustrated by Kadir Nelson – J CD/BOOK KING
This lushly illustrated version combines quotes from MLK, Jr.’s “I have a dream” speech with paintings by two-time Caldecott Honor winner Kadir Nelson. In the library’s collection of picture books accompanied by audio recordings, this book set includes a CD with the original recording of the complete speech.