Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day

This year, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day will be celebrated on Monday, January 18th, 2021. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was born on January 15th, 1929 and his legacy is profound – perhaps now more than ever.

“As a child, I remember studying Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. only from one perspective—the man who had a dream. Without a deep understanding of Dr. King, I lacked the ability to apply some of his profound principles to my life. Years later as an adult, I read his autobiography and was amazed at the depth of his personhood. Out of this amazement, I created a booklist that allows children to understand Dr. King’s life as a family member, activist, dreamer, and philosopher. Developing an understanding of these books has the potential for children to view themselves as having the power and potential to change the world,” Dr. Nosakhere Griffin-EL eloquently wrote for his excellent MLK 360: A Children's Booklist About Dr. King's Legacy.

I also recommend the Children’s booklist on Dr. King Jr. at The Colour of Us, a website all about multicultural children’s books: 22 Children's Books About Martin Luther King Jr.

Gathered together here by the Children’s and Young Adult staff at the Library are a wealth of noteworthy resources (video, audio, eBook, and book) to share with children about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life, his words, and the nonviolent actions that brought about much needed civil rights changes against racism that we as a society are still fighting today.

Videos:

Online Resources:

Children’s Books:

We March by Shane W. Evans
Preschool-2nd Grade
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Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Robin Hill School Series (Read-Along) by Margaret McNamara & Mike Gordon
Grades K-3
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A Day at the Museum, Ana and Andrew Series by Christine Platt
Grades K-3
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Un día en el museo, Ana & Andrew Series by Christine Platt
Grades K-3
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Thank you, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by Eleanora Tate (Audiobook)
Grades 4-6
Hoopla
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Nonfiction:

A Picture Book of Martin Luther King, Jr. by David A. Adler, Robert Casilla (Video & eBook)
Grades K-3
OverDrive
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Martin Luther King Jr.: A Peaceful Leader by Sarah Albee & Chin Ko
Grades K-3
OverDrive
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¿Quien fue Martin Luther King, Jr.? by Bonnie Bader
Grades 3-5
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Who Was Martin Luther King, Jr.? by Bonnie Bader (eBook & Audiobook)
Grades 3-5
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Día de Martin Luther King, Jr. by R. J. Bailey
Grades K-3
Hoopla
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Martin Luther King Jr. Day by R. J. Bailey
Grades K-3
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We Are the Change by Harry Belafonte
Grades 1-4
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The Civil Rights Movement by Eric Braun
Grades 4-6
OverDrive
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The Cart That Carried Martin by Eve Bunting & Don Tate
Grades K-3
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Martin Luther King Jr. Day / Natalicio de Martin Luther King Jr. by Connor Dayton
Grades K-3
OverDrive
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Memphis, Martin, and the Mountaintop: The Sanitation Strike of 1968 by Alice Faye Duncann & R. Gregory Christie
Grades 2-4
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March On! by Dr. Christine King Farris (Audiobook)
Grades K-3
Hoopla
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Black Stars of the Civil Rights Movement by Jim Haskins
Grades 3-6
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Martin Luther King, Jr., National Geographic Readers Series by Kitson Jazynka (Read-Along)
Grades K-3
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Martin Luther King Jr. and the March on Washington: A Graphic History of the Civil Rights Movement by Gary Jeffrey
Grades 3-5
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I Have a Dream by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. & Kadir Nelson (Read-Along & eBook)
Grades K-3
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My Daddy, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by Martin Luther King III (Audiobook)
Grades K-3
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What Was the March on Washington? by Kathleen Krull
Grades 3-5
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El Movimiento por los Derechos Civiles en Estados Unidos (American Civil Rights Movement) by Emily Mahoney
Grades 4-6
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You Are There! March on Washington, August 28, 1963 by Torrey Maloof
Grades 2-4
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Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial by Joanne Mattern
Grades 1-4
Hoopla

I am Brave: A Little Book about Martin Luther King, Jr. by Brad Meltzer & Christopher Eliopoulos
Preschool-1st Grade
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I am Martin Luther King, Jr. by Brad Meltzer & Christopher Eliopoulos
Grades K-2
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As Good as Anybody: Martin Luther King, Jr., and Abraham Joshua Heschel's Amazing March toward Freedom by Richard Michelson & Raul Colón
Grades K-3
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Dream March: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and the March on Washington by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson & Sally Wern Comport
Grades K-3
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Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial by Julie Murray (Read-Along)
Grades K-3
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Monumento a Martin Luther King, Jr. by Julie Murray
Grades K-3
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Martin Rising: Requiem For a King by Andrea Davis Pinkney & Brian Pinkney (eBook & Audiobook)
Grades 2-4
OverDrive
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Martin’s Big Words by Doreen Rappaport (Audiobook)
Grades K-3
Hoopla
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Martin Luther King Jr. by Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara & Mai Ly Degnan
Preschool-2nd Grade
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Chasing King's Killer: The Hunt for Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Assassin by James L. Swanson (eBook & Audiobook)
Grades 4-6
OverDrive
Hoopla
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The Civil Rights Movement for Kids by Mary C. Turek
Grades 1-4
Hoopla
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My Uncle Martin's Big Heart by Angela Farris Watkins & Eric Velasquez
Hoopla
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My Uncle Martin's Words for America: Martin Luther King Jr.'s Niece Tells How He Made a Difference by Angela Farris Watkins & Eric Velasquez
Grades K-3
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A Place to Land: Martin Luther King Jr. and the Speech That Inspired a Nation by Barry Wittenstein & Jerry Pinkney
Grades 3-4
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Be a King: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Dream and You by Carole Boston Weatherford, James E. Ransome
Grades 1-3
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Young Adult:

King: A Comics Biography of Martin Luther King Jr. by Ho Che Anderson
Hoopla
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Dear Martin by Nic Stone
OverDrive
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A Time to Break Silence by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Walter Dean Myers
OverDrive

Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom by Lynda Blackmon Lowery and Elspeth Leacock
OverDrive
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March 1-3 by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell
OverDrive
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The March Against Fear by Ann Bausum
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