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Posted on: January 11, 2017

Books for Kids & Young Adults to Read for MLK, Jr. Day

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January 16 is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, and libraries across Pennsylvania are celebrating Dr. King’s life and work. The Pennsylvania Library Association and it’s literacy initiative, PA Forward, has put together this list of books that can help young people learn about Dr. King, the causes he dedicated his life to, and the events that shaped him into an inspirational leader. Individuals looking for additional help in finding books and other materials on King’s life and the Civil Rights Movement can visit a Chester County Library System member library during operating hours or check the online catalog.


These great books will teach your child about Martin Luther King, Jr. and why we celebrate his birthday every year:

1.The Cart that Carried Martin by Eve Bunting

2.My Daddy, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by Martin Luther King, III

3.I am Martin Luther King, Jr. by Brad Meltzer

4.Martin & Mahalia: His Words, Her Song by Andrea Davis Pinkney

5.I have a Dream by Martin Luther King, Jr.

6.Martin Luther King, Jr., A King Family Tribute by Angela Farris Watkins

7.Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom: My Story of the Selma Voting Rights March by Lynda Blackmon Lowery

8.We Got a Job: The 1963 Birmingham Children’s March by Cynthia Levinson

9.March: Book One by John Lewis

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