Educate your kids about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with this list of 9 Martin Luther King, Jr. Books For Kids. Plus there are additional educational resources at the bottom of the post.
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Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is Monday, January 17, 2022. It’s one of the few days that schools in our area are closed. In New York, our schools were closed for a plethora of holidays, but North Carolina’s holidays are far and few between.
But today is more than just a day off, an excuse to sleep in and enjoy a three day weekend.
If your kids are off from school, you probably want to sit down and educate them about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and how he shaped our country.
To help you, I had help putting together a list of 9 Martin Luther King, Jr. books for kids.
You can find all of the books on Amazon, which makes getting them just a little bit easier. Find the titles, in no particular order, below.
9 Martin Luther King, Jr. Books For Kids
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Martin Luther King Jr.: A Peaceful Leader
This Martin Luther King Jr.: A Peaceful Leader is an I Can Read Level 2 book. Of course, reading levels depend on your child, but Level 2 books are generally for kids ages 4 to 8.
The book, which is good for grades Preschool to 3rd grade, is 32 pages. It’s filled with illustrations, a timeline of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s life, and a ton of actual photos of Martin Luther King, Jr. and his family.
Robin Hill School Martin Luther King Jr. Day
This Robin Hill School Martin Luther King Jr. Day book is a little meta, almost like a book within a book. But not really. It’s part of the Robin Hill School, which is focused on a first grade class that is learning. So it’s a storybook more than a biographical book.
This Martin Luther King Jr. Day book focused more on what Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. stood for (and the hopes and dreams of this fictional first grade class) more than it is focused on MLK’s life.
Dream March: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and the March on Washington
Dream March: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and the March on Washington is a Level 3 Step into Reading Biography Reader, which is generally for kids who are ready to read on their own. It is geared towards grades 1 to 3.
The book is 48 pages long, with lots of illustrations on every page. It specifically focuses on the Dr. King’s historic march on Washington in the summer of 1963.
A Lesson for Martin Luther King Jr.
This A Lesson for Martin Luther King Jr. is Level 2 Ready-to-Read book, making it perfect for kids in late first grade to fourth grade.
This book isn’t a biography. It’s a story from Martin Luther King, Jr.’s childhood that shaped him.
I honestly can’t find out if it’s a true story or a fictional story, but the lesson and sentiment are more important than anything else.
I Am: Martin Luther King Jr.
This I Am: Martin Luther King Jr. book is part of the “I Am” series, which is filled with biographies of important figures. Part of the book tells the story from the first person perspective, hence the name of the series.
This book is filled with illustrations, a timeline, maps, a top ten list of important things to know about Martin Luther King, Jr., and more. It is geared towards kids in grades 3 to 5.
National Geographic Readers: Martin Luther King, Jr.
This National Geographic Readers: Martin Luther King, Jr. book is a level 3 reader, which is geared towards kids in grades 1 to 3 who are learning to read on their own. Many of the reviews state this is better for kids who are a little bit older, so keep that in mind.
There are sketches and photographs in the book, then questions at the end of the book to check in with the reader and see if she/he understood what she/he read.
Who Was Martin Luther King, Jr.?: A Who Was? Board Book
Who Was Martin Luther King, Jr.? is a board book for very young kids, ages 2 to 4. It’s the perfect way to introduce your youngest kids to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
The book is 26 pages, filled with illustrations and words that toddlers can follow along to with ease.
Martin Luther King, Jr. and the March on Washington
Martin Luther King, Jr. and the March on Washington focused on the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom in 1963, but it does also touch upon the segregation and discrimination prior to this event.
The book is a level 3 reader and is appropriate for kids in grades 1 to 3.
My First Biography: Martin Luther King, Jr.
So. There’s mixed feelings on My First Biography: Martin Luther King, Jr. in the comments. The trouble some of the commenters have is that for a book on racism and segregation, the illustrations are pretty poor because the characters in the book are all roughly the same skin tone.
So, keep that in mind when you decide on this one or if you decide to go with an earlier book from this list.
Want more Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. books?
We obviously couldn’t include every book written on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in this list. Like the Martin Luther King Jr. (Little People, BIG DREAMS) book pictured above. It’s great, but didn’t make our official list of books.
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Need educational resources on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.?
The majority of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. books in this list have Kindle versions. So if you’re finding this list on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, you can still read them today via an e-reader.
But, if you’d rather wait for the physical book, but want to teach your children about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. today, we have some resources below that can help.
- How To Talk To Kids About Martin Luther King Jr. Day from Scholastic
- Martin Luther King Jr Lessons, Worksheets and Activities from Teacher Planet
- Free Martin Luther King, Jr. Activities for Kids from The Kindergarten Connection (pictured above)
- Martin Luther King Jr. Day Worksheets and Lesson Plans from Education.com
- King Resources Overview from The Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute
Which of these Martin Luther King, Jr. Books For Kids are you going to start with?