January 20 – Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Happy MLK Day!

For many school kids today is another day off school. But it’s so much more. It’s the observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday.


Let’s look at some biographies written especially for children. The samples of biographies submitted below range in reading level from beginning to advanced for children of all ages. With a little help, you can find several that are appropriate for your child’s maturity and understanding.


What Was Your Dream, Dr. King? written by Mary Kay Carson and illustrated by Jim Madsen (2013)


My Daddy, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. written by Martin Luther King III and illustrated by A.G. Ford (2013)


My First Biography: Martin Luther King, Jr. written by Marion Dane Bauer and illustrated by Jamie Smith (2009)

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Martin Luther King Jr. A Photographic Study of a Life written by Amy Pastan (2004)


Martin Luther King Day written by Linda Lowery and illustrated by  Hetty Mitchell (1987)

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