Martin Luther King Jr’s birthday is quickly approaching so I figured it would be the perfect time to dedicate a week of our lessons to this inspirational and motivational man.
We regularly include two to three books per lesson to help our children deepen their understanding of the subject. While I was at the library searching for kid friendly books about Martin Luther King Jr, I found way more than 3 books that were perfect for early learners.
I wanted to share these finds with you to help diversify and enhance your homeschooling lesson plan. So with that being said, let’s dive right into these 8 wonderful, kid friendly books about Martin Luther King Jr.
Martin Luther King Jr. by Christy DeVillier
In this book, you will find a wealth of information about Martin Luther King Jr’s family life and what the world was like when he was growing up. DeVillier also does a wonderful job explaining segregation and the cause Martin Luther King Jr fought so hard for.
This book has a table of contents which makes it really easy for you to divide each topic into its own daily lesson. Another great feature about this book is the list of important dates, glossary of words, and additional educational resources after the story.
You can easily plan an entire week’s worth of lessons from this one book alone. It is written in a textbook sort of format so bear that in mind when selecting this book. Not everyone’s children vibe with that sort of book.
Martin’s Big Words by Doreen Rappaport
If you are looking for more of a storybook retelling of Martin Luther King Jr’s life, this book is the perfect choice for you. Not only does this book do an amazing job retelling his life, but it includes direct quotes from Martin Luther King Jr. I truly think that adds to the overall impact of this story.
In addition to the great story telling, the illustrations in this book are out of this world gorgeous. Your kids will surely be captivated by the artwork as well as the story.
As if this book doesn’t sound amazing enough, the back of the book includes a list of important dates during Martin Luther King Jr’s life. There is also a hefty list of additional resources your kids can check out to deepen their understanding of the world at this time.
My Brother Martin by Christine King Farris
What better person to write a book about Martin Luther King Jr than his own sister?! Unlike any of the other kid friendly books about Martin Luther King Jr, this story includes very intimate details of his early life all the way through his death.
This powerful and insightful story is accompanied by gorgeous illustrations to keep the kids attention glued to the story. I highly recommend this book as a part of your homeschool lesson. No other book out there has this level of intimate details about Martin Luther King Jr presented in a kid friendly format.
Who Was Martin Luther King Jr by Bonnie Bader
If you are not already aware of the “Who Was” series, these are kid friendly chapter books devoted to historical figures. In this story your child will not only learn about MLK Jr’s life and cause, but also other important figures of his time.
These books are extremely detailed and tailored more toward older kids, but if you have an advanced First Grade reader this book could be a great way to practice reading together. Since this book is divided into chapters, you can easily read one chapter per day for a whole week long lesson.
I Am Martin Luther King Jr by Brad Meltzer
Graphic novel fans rejoice! This book is an AWESOME comic book rendition of MLK Jr’s life. The thing I love the most about this particular book (other than it being a comic) is that it’s told in first person. I feel like that adds a really special touch to the retelling of just how courageous and influential MLK Jr. really was.
In addition to the great story telling, this book also has a timeline of important events in the back. You can use this to help your kids create their own timeline or some of the other thematic activities I have listed in my Pinterest board specifically for MLK week (click here to visit).
Dream March by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson
As the title implies, this book is all about the actual civil rights movement. Instead of giving a detailed account of MLK Jr’s life and death, this story does an excellent job focusing on his cause.
Another great thing about this book is it’s PERFECT for absolutely all first grade readers. Whether you have an advanced reader or not, your child will be able to read this story out loud with ease. It could also be fun to ask them reading comprehension questions afterward.
Martin Luther King Jr Day by Clara Cella
Just like the first book mentioned in this post, this is an excellent educational kid friendly book about Martin Luther King Jr. There is a table of contents to help you easily make lessons based on different chapters.
Unlike most of the other stories, this book uses actual photos of MLK Jr. This book really does a great job explaining why we celebrate him and how you can celebrate him, too.
Happy Birthday Martin Luther King by Jean Marzollo
Finally, we have this wonderful kid friendly book about Martin Luther King Jr. This book has some of the most unique illustrations I’ve ever seen. I truly think it adds to the overall impact of the story telling of Martin Luther King Jr’s entire life.
The only downside of this book is there are no additional resources or timelines of important dates, but that’s a really small thing to complain about when the illustrations are so cool.
Additional Kid Friendly Books About Martin Luther King Jr.
I’m sure this list could go on for days, but these were the books that truly spoke to me at my library. I would love to hear in the comments below if you have any favorite kid friendly books about Martin Luther King Jr. that weren’t mentioned in this post.
If you are looking for additional thematic activities to compliment your MLK Jr. homeschool lesson, click here to visit my Pinterest board with our monthly activities.
Thank you so much for taking the time to read this post. I hope you were able to find some new great reads to teach your children about one of the most inspirational humans to ever live. Until next time. Peace out, homies!