Martin's Big Words

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Martin's Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Author: Rappaport, Doreen
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Time Period: Modern Age
Time Frame: 1929-1968
Geographic Area: North America
Country: United States
Topics: Civil Rights, Martin Luther King, Jr.
Genre: Non Fiction
Reading Age: Lower Elementary, Middle Grade
Format: Picture Book
Published: 2007

American History > Modern Age > African American History

This Caldecott Honor, Coretta Scott King Honor, and New York Times Book Review Best Illustrated Children’s Book picture book biography of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., brings his life and the profound nature of his message to young children through his own words.

Martin Luther King, Jr., was one of the most influential and gifted speakers of all time. Doreen Rappaport uses quotes from some of his most beloved speeches to tell the story of his life and his work in a simple, direct way. Bryan Collier's stunning collage art combines remarkable watercolor paintings with vibrant patterns and textures. A timeline and a list of additional books and websites help make this a standout biography of Dr. King.

Emily's Review

This is one of my favorite picture books about Martin Luther King Jr. I love the way the author has woven his story through his words. It tells about his childhood, learning about Mahatma Gandhi and nonviolence in India's fight for freedom, and Dr. King's work towards civil rights. The language is powerful yet simple, and the artwork is stunning. This is the kind of picture book that you can look at for hours.

If you only have time to read one picture book about Martin Luther King Jr, I highly recommend this one. It's engaging and the illustrations are absolutely captivating!

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