A Place to Land: Martin Luther King Jr. and the Speech That Inspired a Nation By Barry Wittenstein

Back of Book: Martin Luther King, Jr. was once asked if the hardest part of preaching was knowing where to begin. No, he said. The hardest part is knowing where to end. “It’s terrible to be circling up there without a place to land.” Finding this place to land was what Martin Luther King, Jr.Continue reading “A Place to Land: Martin Luther King Jr. and the Speech That Inspired a Nation By Barry Wittenstein”

The Undefeated by Kwame Alexander

Back of Book: this poem is a love letter to black life in the United States. It highlights the unspeakable trauma of slavery, the faith, and fire of the civil rights movement, and the grit, passion, and perseverance of some of the world’s greatest heroes. My Review: I received a copy of this picture bookContinue reading “The Undefeated by Kwame Alexander”

Carter Reads the Newspaper By Deborah Hopkinson

Carter G. Woodson didn’t just read history. He changed it.” As the father of Black History Month, he spent his life introducing others to the history of his people. Carter G. Woodson was born to two formerly enslaved people ten years after the end of the Civil War. Though his father could not read, heContinue reading “Carter Reads the Newspaper By Deborah Hopkinson”

Pies from Nowhere: How Georgia Gilmore Sustained the Montgomery Bus Boycott by Dee Romito

Back of Book: Georgia Gilmore was a cook at the National Lunch Company in Montgomery, Alabama. When the bus boycotts broke out in Montgomery after Rosa Parks was arrested, Georgia knew just what to do. She organized a group of women who cooked and baked to fund-raise for gas and cars to help sustain theContinue reading “Pies from Nowhere: How Georgia Gilmore Sustained the Montgomery Bus Boycott by Dee Romito”

Brave Ballerina: The Story of Janet Collins By Michelle Meadows

Back of Book: Janet Collins wanted to be a ballerina in the 1930s and 40s, a time when racial segregation was widespread in the United States. Janet pursued dance with a passion, despite being rejected from discriminatory dance schools. When she was accepted into the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo as a teenager on theContinue reading “Brave Ballerina: The Story of Janet Collins By Michelle Meadows”

The Youngest Marcher: The Story of Audrey Faye Hendricks, a Young Civil Rights Activist by Cynthia Levinson

      Back of Book:   Meet the youngest known child to be arrested for a civil rights protest in Birmingham, Alabama, 1963, in this moving picture book that proves you’re never too little to make a difference. Nine-year-old Audrey Faye Hendricks intended to go places and do things like anybody else. So whenContinue reading “The Youngest Marcher: The Story of Audrey Faye Hendricks, a Young Civil Rights Activist by Cynthia Levinson”

Let the Children March By Monica Clark-Robinson

Back of Book: In 1963 Birmingham, Alabama, thousands of African American children volunteered to march for their civil rights after hearing Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. speak. They protested the laws that kept black people separate from white people. Facing fear, hate, and danger, these children used their voices to change the world. My Review:Continue reading “Let the Children March By Monica Clark-Robinson”

Happy Birthday, Martin Luther King Jr By Jean Marzollo

Back of Book: This book is a beautifully-rendered study of Martin Luther King Jr.’s life, Pinkney’s scratchboard and oil pastel illustrations convey both the strength and gentleness of King’s character. Both text and art carry his central message of peace and brotherhood among all people. My Review: I am teaching preschool this year so IContinue reading “Happy Birthday, Martin Luther King Jr By Jean Marzollo”

The Cart That Carried Martin by Eve Bunting

Back of Book: The strength and spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. permeate this picture book about the funeral of Dr. King in Atlanta, Georgia, in 1968. Quiet, yet affecting, THE CART THAT CARRIED MARTIN is a unique tribute to the life of a man known world-wide for his outstanding efforts as a leaderContinue reading “The Cart That Carried Martin by Eve Bunting”

My First Biography: Martin Luther King, Jr. by Marion Dane Bauer

Back of Book: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was a great man. His words changed the way people thought, and his actions spurred them on to change the world My Review: This book is an excellent introduction to Martin Luther King Jr. for preschool and Kindergarten aged readers. It  discusses segregation using simple lyrical textContinue reading “My First Biography: Martin Luther King, Jr. by Marion Dane Bauer”