martin luther king, jr picture books for kids

January 18, 2010

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I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.

January 18 snuck up on me this year. As a result of having too much birthday on the brain, I forgot to look for MLKJ books at the library last week. So, I do have some books that I am going to look for, but I have to admit that I have not read these yet.

I have no idea if these will hold a three-year-old's interest or are age-appropriate, but they look like they would be good for 4-8 year olds.

I found a few good activity options and listed the links below:

Martin Luther King, Jr activity ideas (such as the coloring page above) from Enchanted Learning

Since I don't have any of the books above, I am going to print this out and read it with Juliet as she colors it.

If you want some music, her are some children's songs about Martin Luther King Jr.

And if you would like to browse through some more book options, here is a list of recommended books for MLK Day

Craft Ideas:

(we did this one! read about it here)

(we did this one, too, but I don't have a pic yet.)

MLKJ day art ideas (I especially like the skin color paint match one.)

I just checked over at Mama Jenn's blog to see if she had any MLKJ book reviews in her Brown Like Me Book Review section and discovered that she has moved all her reviews to a new book blog called Brown Like Me Book Reviews. I am always excited to find a new book blog, so I signed up as a follower right away! She had several reviews of MLKJ books that she had read with her own children. Check it out to see what she had to say. (And check out this link to her MLK day cookies! They are adorable!)

I did email her to ask the ages of her kids and she told me that she only read the books with her 6 and 4 year olds. And she did not mentioned the fact that he was assassinated. Instead she just told them that he died. The two books she reviewed were good, but several of the others were too graphic for their age level.

Just wanted to throw that warning out there--I think as a parent, you have to make the right decision for your child on how much information to share. Juliet is definitely too young to get the full story, but since she cannot read on her own yet, it is easy for me to just pick out what I want to share with her.

Of course, I always recommend previewing any book first before reading it to your child!

Do you have any MLKJ books, activity ideas, or thoughts to share?


Jaymie said...

I used the first book with students in a history class last year. It was a good one. The craft ideas are fun, too!

Ana said...

I love the books and the crafts, soo sweet!

Mama Jenn said...

You have some awesome ideas! I will DEFINITELY have to check out the two books you mentioned. They look like they would have been even better for my kids! Thanks for linking up to my new blog!

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