A Picture Book of Martin Luther King, Jr.

A Picture Book of Martin Luther King, Jr.


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An introduction to one of the most outstanding Americans of the twentieth century, perfect for young readers.

Born in 1929, Martin Luther King, Jr. grew up to become a civil rights leader whose philosophy and practice of nonviolent civil disobedience helped African Americans win many battles for equal rights.  Young readers will learn how his interest in equality was sparked by experiences in his childhood, and how his legacy shaped modern America.

Pairing detailed illustrations and an accessible narrative of Dr. King's life, this book is ideal for a discussion about the history behind the holiday, or an early introduction to the struggle for civil rights in America.  Includes a timeline of important dates.

For almost thirty years, David Adler’s Picture Book Biography series has profiled famous people who changed the world. Colorful, kid-friendly illustrations combine with Adler’s “expert mixtures of facts and personality” (Booklist) to introduce young readers to history through compelling biographies of presidents, heroes, inventors, explorers, and adventurers. These books are ideal for first and second graders interested in history or who need reliable sources for school book reports.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780823408474
Publisher: Holiday House
Publication date: 01/01/1989
Series: Picture Book Biography Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 237,290
Product dimensions: 9.48(w) x 7.97(h) x 0.10(d)
Lexile: AD750L (what's this?)
Age Range: 5 - 8 Years

About the Author

David A. Adler is the author of many popular books for children, including biographies, math books, and Judaica. His strong interest in history and biography led to his bestselling Picture Book Biography series. He lives in New York State with his wife and family.

Robert Casilla is the illustrator of several titles in David A. Adler's Picture Book Biography series, with subjects that include Martin Luther King, Jr., Rosa Parks, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Jesse Owens. He lives in Connecticut.

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Picture Book of Martin Luther King, Jr. 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Nikelle on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Summary: This book was a short, picture book about the Life of Martin Luther King Jr. It was like a short and simple biography for children. It discissed part of his childhood, like hoe he used to have white friends but then their parents wouldn't let them play with him anymore because of his skin color. It discussed what he liked to do when he was younger, like sing in church, and play basketball and football. It even told about how he started college at a young age after he finished high school early and went on to get married and how he played a big role in the fight against segregation and discrimination.Personal Reflection:I thought that this was a really good book, especially for young kids. It's not packed full of too much information and big words. It was able to tell a lot in a few words which is good for young children. I really liked the illustrations also. They were colorful and almost looked liked portraits. They were very lifelike.Classroom Extension Ideas:1. Have the students write a paragraph about why the think segregation and discrimination is wrong.2. Have the children write a letter to Martin Luther King Jr. Allowing them to express themselves, whether they just want to tell him how brave or smart he was, or if they just want to thank him for his dream and efforts.
DushiyanthiMcCarley on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The book is about the life of Martin luther king. He was born in Atlanta and his father was a pastor. Martin played all sports and went to hsi fathers church. As he played wiht his friends he was told that he could no longer play with them since he was balck and they were white. In Atlanta , Martin noitced that there were several places with "whites Only" signs and balcks were not allowed there. Martin was a good student and he enterd moore house college at the age of 15. He graduated Moore house college and married Colletta Scott. His frist job was as a pastor in Alabama. Martin led a protest to have black stopped from being excluded from places. As a result his house was attacked. In 1963 Dr. King had a march in Washington that had 200,000 people attend where he gave the I have a Dream speech. In 1964 he was awarded the nobel peace prize. I like this book since it had colorful pictures and explained simply and clearly the life of Martin Luther King. Extension ideas 1. I would have the student write their own I have a dream speech where they can share what they would like to do when they are older. 2. Have students write 2 things they thought were important in the life of Martin Luther King.
PatsyAdams on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Grade: K+Genre: BiographyThemes: Black history, biography, justice, equalityThis story describes Martin Luther King, Jr.'s life in picture book form. The time frame of this book goes along with some of the novels that I have read about MLK Jr. I read this read aloud story before I read Martin's Big Words as a read aloud. It gives the kids background information and reminds them about his life and his achievements. As we read Martin's Big Words, the students and I make connections from the picture book to the novel and the have the images from the picture book to help them visualize the novel and make more connections with the real photos in the novel.
AwXomeMan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was a simple picture book biography of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. It goes over the major points in his life up until his death and was very straightforward and easy for young children to understand.I liked this book because of how easy it is for young children to pick up and read. All of David A. Adler's picture book biographies are written in this style.I would use this book in a unit for Black History Month.
shanetia on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Summary:This book is a story about a Civil Rights leader, Martin Luther King Jr. The book informs its readers of the life of Martain Luther King Jr's childhood to his adulthood. The main points in this book are based on actual events that occured throughout his life.Personal Reaction:I love this book! This book can catch the attention of many young readers, because it shows the life of a child. This book can encourage children to achieve their goals in life, eventhough they may face challenges.Class Extension:1. I would have my students color a picture of Martin Luther King Jr.2. As a class, we would create a time line of all the important events from the book.
eburkham on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a book that tells about the life of Martin Luther King Junior. He lived a normal life with his parents and siblings. His life childhood consisted of athletics and his church choir. Growing up he didn¿t understand we he couldn¿t be friends with certain people because of the color of his skin. He finished high school two years early and attended college where became a pastor and married Coretta Scott. He lived a life fighting for equal rights and against segregation. He was assassinated on April 4, 1967.I enjoyed this book because it is a biography about the life of Martin Luther King Junior, and the struggles he went thru. It is a picture book written in story form so it is easier for younger readers to understand. I would have my students write an ¿I have a Dream¿ paper about themselves. The paper would be about something they desire to happen in their lives. I would have my students look for other people that were affected by segregation and write a brief report about the person they researched.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My 5 years old loved it.
TheSecondGradeOwls More than 1 year ago
We are reviewing the book A Picture Book of Martin Luther King, Jr. Our favorite part was when the black and white students get to go to the same school. At the beginning of the book we felt sad because blacks didn't have the same rights as whites. At the end we were happy when laws changed and the blacks had equal rights. We would recommend this book!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book contains an unusual amount of factual material for a biography written for this age group.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Martin Luther King jr. . was one of the greatest men that ever lived . he was a man of peace.he was always against valince he never gave up no matter the task was.growing up black was never a easy task.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I checked this book out from the library for my 4 year old son. We found it to be a great introduction not only to Dr. King, but to the movement he represented. Told in story form and with beautiful illustrations, it would hold the attention of children of all ages. It did not lack in detail, however- there is even a time line of important events found in the back of the book. This book served as a wonderful jumping point for conversations about segregation, discrimination, and the Civil Rights Movement. And unlike other children's biographies of Dr. King, it accurately shows that not only blacks, but also some whites agreed with Dr. King and protested against segregation. We will definitely be checking out the other books in this series!