Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Picture Book to Commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Ok, you caught me.  Friday is when I select a book out of the archives, but I tried to pull fast one on you today by reposting a blog I did last year.  The problem is that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day is coming, and I Have a Dream is still my favorite picture book to honor him.  I am an absolute fan of the illustrator, Kadir Nelson.  I think he could draw a stick figure and I would be impressed.  He is just that talented.

So can you blame me for loving the book he did to commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s I Have a Dream speech?  It's a winner.  Take a moment to watch the book trailer with Kadir Nelson at the the end of the blog.

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Title:      I Have a Dream

Author:  Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Target:   Kindergarten - Grade 5

What this book is about:
This is an illustrated version of Dr. Martin Luther King’s I Have a Dream speech.  An audio recording of the actual speech is included with the book if it is purchased, but my copy  from the library did not have one.  I can only imagine that it would have made this beautiful picture book even more compelling.  The book is of selected portions of the speech, but the complete version is printed at the back.

Why I love this book:
The illustrations are magnificent.  Kadir Nelson’s paintings overlooking the Lincoln memorial are stunning and capture the historic and significant time of the speech.  When I read this with my daughter I actually got choked up.

Who this book is for:
This is a bit difficult.  Out of context, I don’t know how much children will take away from this book, but if you are willing to invest some time talking about race and its history in our nation, this book is a moving tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s vision and his significance in history.

Final thoughts:
Kadir Nelson is such a wonderful and powerful artist, that I always look forward to his work.

To purchase this book:
Click on the following link to connect to Amazon: I Have a Dream (Book & CD)  A portion of each purchase goes back to support this blog at no cost to you.

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