With Martin Luther King Jr. Day right around the corner, we are sharing our favorite MLK Day inspired books to help you and your preschooler celebrate the holiday! These recommendations are great for kiddos ages 3-6 and will help your preschooler learn about Martin Luther King Jr.'s life and mission as well as themes such as kindness and inclusion. We hope you enjoy sharing them with your child!
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1 Happy Birthday, Martin Luther King Jr.
Happy Birthday, Martin Luther King Jr. by is a beautifully illustrated story of MLK's life. This story is told in simple language that is perfect for young readers to understand. Even the youngest readers will enjoy the illustrations and be able to recognize the theme of peace.
2 I am Brave: A Little Book about Martin Luther King, Jr.
This fun biography is part of the Ordinary People Change the World series and gives a great overview of MLK as a civil rights leader. I am Brave: A Little Book about Martin Luther King, Jr. is kept short so that the messages are easily accessible to young readers. Plus, your preschooler will love the interactive elements that are sprinkled throughout the book!
3 Who Was Martin Luther King, Jr.?
Who Was Martin Luther King, Jr.? by Lisbeth Kaiser is another great board style book that introduces preschoolers to MLK's life and mission while keeping the text short and understandable. Told in chronological order with a biographical summary in the back, this book a great first introduction to this important civil rights activist.
4 Good Night Martin Luther King Jr.
Good Night Martin Luther King Jr. is from the writers of the beloved Good Night Our World series. This endearing series expands by diving into the Civil Rights Movement and the life and work of MLK. This is the perfect book to read before bedtime on Martin Luther King Jr. Day and will inspire your preschooler to advocate for peace and inclusion!
5 Little People Big Dreams Martin Luther King Jr.
Little People Big Dreams Martin Luther King Jr. is a fantastic board book that you will want to have in your preschooler's home library! The Little People Big Dreams series is filled with easy to read biographies of influential people from all time periods and includes simple yet beautiful illustrations to captivate your young reader. This Martin Luther King Jr. version takes readers from MLK's childhood through his activism work. It also includes historical photos and a detailed timeline for you to peruse with your child.
6 My First Biography: Martin Luther King, Jr.
This My First Biography: Martin Luther King, Jr. will help introduce your preschooler to biographies while still engaging and inspiring them! The illustrations are bold and the text is short and easy to read, so that your preschooler will love reading about MLK over and over again.
7 I Have a Dream
I Have a Dream is the perfect way to help your preschoolers access Martin Luther King, Jr.'s iconic speech. This book uses the text of his speech paired with beautiful illustrations to help explain MLK's mission and dream to young readers. Plus, the book includes an audio CD so that your preschooler can listen to the speech independently while following along with the pages!
8 My Daddy, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
My Daddy, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. takes readers on a journey to show them what it was like to be MLK's son. Written by Martin Luther King III, this picture book memoir shows readers what it was like to be part of the King family and illustrates the special bond that Martin Luther King, Jr. had with this son. If you are looking for a book that will teach your child about MLK but deviates from the typical biogrpahy format, this one is perfect!
9 ABCs of Kindness
ABCs of Kindness is a simple yet powerful ABC book that helps to introduce one of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s mission of inclusion and kindness to all. The book features diverse characters and bright illustrations demonstrating acts of kindness and is sure to help you start a conversation about topics such as empathy and compassion.
All Are Welcome by Alexandra Penfold is a beautiful story about a school where all children are welcomed and celebrated. A place where children take the time to learn about others' traditions and celebrate their diversity. This book will pull at your heart strings and help your preschooler understand the importance of inclusion for all.
With so many amazing book choices to help you celebrate, Martin Luther King Jr Day is a great time to cuddle up with your preschooler and read about this influential leader, his ideas, and the themes of kindness and inclusion!
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