A Passion For Peace
Happy New Year from Teacher Mom of 3 !! I am so very happy to be guest blogging today at Liv To Teach as part of the linky party/blog hop hosted by Primary Possibilities!
Just a quick little something about me: I am an elementary reading specialist with 24 years experience in the classroom- from pre-school to grade 12! However, I just began blogging last May and love, love it!! I have three sons: one in college, one in first grade, and one in kindergarten. Yes, there is quite the age gap- LOL.
Since it is January, I have been thinking ahead to Dr. Martin Luther King's birthday on January 15 (celebrated on 1/21). An incredible and inspiring man, I really have a passion to share his legacy with the little ones I teach and with my own children. Today, more than ever, our kids need to know King's history, the battle he fought, and his amazing accomplishments, all done in the name of love. What I have for you today is a collection of picture books to use in the classroom for read-alouds and independent reading. Also, I listed a few websites with FREE items and great ideas and information for extending your study. Enjoy!
Picture Books About Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement
- I Have A Dream by Dr Martin Luther King Jr. Illustrated by Kadir Nelson
- Martin's Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by Doreen Rappaport and illustrated by Bryan Collier
For ages 5 and up- excellent introduction to King's speech. Narrative story infused with words from King's speech
A Picture Book of Martin Luther King, Jr. (Picture Book Biography) by David A. Adler (Cam Jansen author!). Illustrated by Robert Casilla
For ages 6 and up. Emphasis of book is on his childhood and family.
A Picture Book of Rosa Parks (Picture Book Biographies) by David A. Adler. Illustrated by Robert Casilla
For ages 6 and up. Details Park's life.
If You Lived at the Time of Martin Luther King by Ellen Levine. Illustrated by Beth Peck
For ages 7 and up- gives history of civil rights movement. Answers the question, "Were children involved in the protests?"
Martin Luther King Jr. (Rookie Biographies) by Wil Mara
For ages 6 and up- a brief look at his life. Click here to see the book listing on Amazon.
My Uncle Martin's Big Heart by Angela Farris Watkins Illustrated by Eric Velasque
For kindergarten to grade 3. A story about King's life told from the perspective of his young niece.
If a Bus Could Talk: The Story of Rosa Parks by Faith Ringgold
For ages kindergarten-grade 4
A story about a young girl and a bus that talks.The main character learns why Rosa Parks is "the mother" of the Civil Rights movement.
Happy Birthday Martin Luther King by Jean Marzoll Illustrated by J. Brian Pin Kney
For pre-school- grade 2. An introduction to King's life- geared toward preschool.
My Dream of Martin Luther King by Faith Ringgold
For ages 6 and up. Described as "innovative and stirring".
The Crayon Box That Talked by Shane Derolf. Illustrated by Michael Letzig
For preschool to grade 2. A story about diversity~ poem turned into picture book. Crayons learn that they are all unique and important to creating the main character's picture.
1. Fact Monster
Facts about King's life: includes a timeline, speeches, and quotes. Facts about civil rights and civil disobedience. Includes pictures/photographs. The reading level and quiz are appropriate for older readers- intermediate-middle school. Includes a crossword puzzle!
For primary students- created by a teacher. Gives basic facts and includes a quiz and word searches.
Article for older students, but also includes a slideshow and free printables.
Free coloring pages and activities.
Free coloring page with a short bio on the page.
Check out this site for (5) creative ways for celebrating MLK day with children.
I hope these resources are helpful to you as you plan your Martin Luther King Jr. Day activities!
Thank you to Olivia for hosting me!! I leave you with a little FREEBIE I created for MLK Day. The packet includes a bubble map for recording important facts and two pages of vocabulary cards and pictures. Just click the pic below to grab your copy. Enjoy!
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