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        A slideshow of books about Martin Luther King Jr.A slideshow of books about Martin Luther King Jr.

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        10 Great MLK Day Reads for Every Age

        Celebrate the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and teach your children about the civil rights movement with these inspiring books for kids of all ages–from toddlers to teens.

        For the Littlest Listeners

        I Am Brave: A Little Book about Martin Luther King Jr. by Brad Meltzer

        This board book is a version of the biography that’s part of the bestselling Ordinary People Change the World series. With colorful images and short, lively text, it will draw in even the youngest readers.

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        Who Was Martin Luther King Jr.? by Lisbeth Kaiser

        The latest edition in the “Who Was?” board book series presents the events and themes of Dr. King’s life with fresh illustrations and engaging text.

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        For the Pre-K and Early Elementary Set

        Martin Luther King Jr. (Little People Big Dreams) by Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara

        Part of the 65-book “Little People, Big Dreams” collection, this edition starts in Dr. King’s childhood and ends with the “I Have a Dream” speech. It includes tons of extras, like a biographical timeline, historical photos, and extra facts at the back of the book for kids who want to learn more.

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        Be a King: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Dream and You by Carole Boston Weatherford

        As it weaves together the story of a modern class of students learning about Dr. King and how to follow his example along with the events of his life, this book will inspire young readers to change the world.

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        If You Were a Kid During the Civil Rights Movement by Gwendolyn Hooks

        This book follows two young girls who find themselves in the middle of a civil rights demonstration. With tons of historical information, readers will learn about the fight for equality and the beginning of integration.

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        For Elementary School Kids

        The Story of Martin Luther King Jr.: A Biography Book for New Readers by Christine Platt

        A biography of Dr. King that connects the dreams and events of his childhood with his impact as a leader, this book will inspire kids to do what’s right. It includes a visual timeline of his life and a helpful glossary at the end.

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        Let the Children March by Monica Clark-Robinson

        This moving book, with oil painting illustrations and poetic text, tells the story of the children who, inspired by Dr. King’s speech, marched for their rights in Birmingham, Alabama in 1963.

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        Sit-In: How Four Friends Stood Up by Sitting Down byAndrea Davis Pinkney

        A picture book celebration of the Woolworth lunch counter sit-ins, this book tells the story of how four teens, inspired by Dr. King’s peaceful protests, fought for equality and made history.

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        For Middle Grade Readers

        Trailblazers: Martin Luther King Jr.: Fighting for Civil Rights by Christine Platt

        This biography is part of the Trailblazers series, which celebrates historical and present-day pioneers, inspiring kids to ask themselves what kind of trail they can blaze in the world.

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        We Are the Change: Words of Inspiration from Civil Rights Leaders, introduction by Harry Belafonte

        Inspiring civil rights quotes from Maya Angelou, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and others, are illustrated by award-winning children’s book artists in this gorgeous and powerful book.

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