This list comes from The Colours of Us website and includes books inspired by the life and legacy of the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. It also includes (at the end) a small sampling of titles from The Conscious Kid website that seek to affirm the identity of Black, Indigenous and People of Color through stories of inclusion, respect and belonging.
Most if not all, are available for purchase online at Amazon. In addition, two independent bookstores are generously offering the following discounts/ donations. Both stores have some titles in store but note that by and large the best way to order would be to order ahead.
* Tidepool Bookshop https://www.tidepoolbookshop.com/, which is offering a 10% discount on all books for the drive;
* Root and Press https://rootandpress.com/, which will donate a third book if you buy two. Books may be ordered at https://bookshop.org/shop/rootandpress. The store will keep tabs on these orders and and make their donations accordingly. You can choose to pick up the book to bring with you to the Breakfast event, or have it set aside for WAMS to pick up for you.
I am Martin Luther King, Jr.
by Brad Meltzer
This lively picture biography by historian Brad Meltzer gives children the inspiring message that we can all be heroes. With simple text and cartoon-style illustrations, I Am Martin Luther King Jr. makes King’s life accessible to the youngest readers.
The Story of Martin Luther King Jr.
by Johnny Ray Moore
In only 200 simple words The Story of Martin Luther King Jr. explains to the youngest readers how Martin Luther King Jr ended segregation in America. This little board book with its soft watercolour illustrations is an accessible introduction to one the most important figures of black history.
My Uncle Martin’s Big Heart
by Angela Farris Watkins
Told from the perspective of his young niece, My Uncle Martin’s Big Heart gives a personal insight into one of the most influential figures of the twentieth century. Complemented by Velasquez’s stunning artwork, Angela Farris Watkins presents children with a rare glimpse into her uncle’s life at home, including special family moments.
My First Biography: Martin Luther King, Jr.
by Marion Dane Bauer
With simple, lyrical text and bold, child-friendly illustrations, Martin Luther King, Jr. introduces one of the world’s greatest heroes to the youngest readers and inspires them to change the world.
A Sweet Smell of Roses
by Angela Johnson
There’s a sweet, sweet smell in the air as two young girls sneak out of their house, down the street, and across town to where men and women are gathered for a march for freedom and justice lead by Martin Luther King Jr. Inspired by countless children and young adults who took a stand, A Sweet Smell Of Roses offers a heart-lifting glimpse of children’s roles in the civil rights movement.
Be a King: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Dream and You
by Carole Boston Weatherford
“You can be a King. Beat the drum for justice. March to your own conscience.” Through a school project, a class of young students learn to follow Dr Martin Luther King’s example, as he dealt with adversity and never lost hope for equality and justice. With inspiring text and beautiful watercolour illustrations by the same artist who illustrated Before She Was Harriet, Be A King is a perfect book for classroom use.
As Good as Anybody
by Richard Michelson
Martin Luther King Jr. and Abraham Joshua Heschel are two names that stand for the quest for justice and equality.Martin grew up in an America that was plagued by racial discrimination. He became a minister like his daddy, and he preached and marched for civil rights. Abraham in a Europe that did not welcome Jews. He found a new home in America, where he became a respected rabbi like his father, carrying a message of peace and acceptance. As Good As Anybody is the heartfelt story of the remarkable friendship between these two icons of social justice.
The Story of Martin Luther King Jr.
by Christine Platt
Martin Luther King Jr was one of the most important civil rights leaders in America. Before he made history with his powerful speeches and peaceful protests, Martin was a dedicated, smart kid who loved to learn. He challenged racism and overcame hardships to follow his passion and do the right thing. The Story of Martin Luther King Jr. is an easy-to-read and beautifully illustrated chapter book about the outstanding leader.
Martin’s Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
by Doreen Rappaport
With simple text – interwoven with some of King’s famous words – and stunning artwork, this award-winning picture book biography introduces young readers to the life of one of the world’s most influential leaders. Starting with his childhood, Martin’s Big Words is an exquisite portrait of a man whose dream changed the world forever. Includes a brief chronology and bibliography.
National Geographic Readers: Martin Luther King, Jr.
by Kitson Jazynka
“Can you imagine a world where laws kept black and white people apart? Where black children couldn’t swim in the same pools as white children?” National Geographic Readers: Martin Luther King, Jr. engages Level 3 readers with a colourful design and encourages them to explore King’s life through questions, sidebars, timetables, diagrams, fun facts and a quiz.
I Have a Dream
by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
On August 28, 1963, during the March on Washington, Martin Luther King Jr. gave one of the most powerful and memorable speeches in American history. Award-winning I Have A Dream perfectly pairs King’s words on freedom and equality with Caldecott Honor winner Kadir Nelson’s expressive paintings. Includes an audio CD of the speech.
A Place to Land: Martin Luther King Jr. and the Speech That Inspired a Nation
by Barry Wittenstein
On the night before the historic March on Washington, Martin Luther King Jr. debated, worked, and wrote late into the night, trying to decide what to say— and how to say it. Much has been written about Martin Luther King, Jr. and the 1963 March on Washington. But there’s little on his legendary speech and how he came to write it. Stunningly illustrated A Place To Land tells the story behind one of the most celebrated speeches in America’s history.
My Brother Martin
by Christine King Farris
“Mother Dear, one day I’m going to turn this world upside down.” In My Brother Martin King’s older sister shares some of her memories of young Martin, from playing jokes and practising the piano to a pivotal childhood experience of racism and discrimination that started King’s dream.
by Jane Kurtz
With simple text and appealing illustrations, Martin’s Dream is a perfect first picture book biography about King for lower Elementary School students. The book also makes for a great read-aloud for non-readers. Includes a timeline of important dates.
I Am #4: Martin Luther King Jr.
by Grace Norwich
Written from his own perspective, this chapter book follows King’s life, from his childhood through to his famous “I Have a Dream” speech. I am #4: Martin Luther King Jr. features illustrations throughout, a timeline, maps, sidebars, famous quotes, and a list of important facts about the iconic civil rights activist.
My Daddy, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
by Martin Luther, III King
“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the colour of their skin but by the content of their character.” One of the four little children mentioned in King’s powerful “I Have a Dream” speech is Martin Luther King III. My Daddy is a poignant picture book memoir that captures the ordinary and extraordinary moments of the author’s brief childhood with his famous father.
My Dream of Martin Luther King
by Faith Ringgold
“This time we had come to mourn Martin Luther King’s death by trading in bags containing our prejudice, hate, ignorance, violence, and fear for the slain hero’s dream. We emptied the bags onto a great pile, and as the last bag was dumped, the pile exploded into a fire so bright that it lit up the whole world. There, emblazoned across the sky, were the words: EVERY GOOD THING STARTS WITH A DREAM.” My Dream of Martin Luther King is acclaimed artist and fellow civil rights activist Faith Ringgold’s personal and powerful tribute to King’s life. ~
The March on Washington (American Girl: Real Stories From My Time)
by Bonnie Bader
Part of the Real Stories from My Time series, this non-fiction chapter book introduces young readers to one of the most powerful moments of the civil rights movement. With full-page illustrations, historical photos, maps, a timeline, a glossary, and a bibliography, The March On Washington is perfect for school use. Plus, American Girl Melody shares her own experiences growing up during the civil rights movement and dealing with discrimination.
The following is a small sampling of the books included in The Conscious Kid website: https://www.theconsciouskid.org/book-lists. These titles seek to affirm the identity of Black, Indigenous and People of Color through stories that support inclusion, respect and belonging.