Monday, January 19, 2015

In Celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.

“You are as good as anyone.”

With these six little words Martin Luther King Jr.’s mother set him on the path to bigger words – words about equality and non-violence. Martin’s Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  by Doreen Rappaport tells the story of his peaceful fight for civil rights using many of King’s own “big” words.

Bryan Collier’s collage illustrations enhance the story, bringing a contemporary feel to the story of civil rights movement while retaining a sense of history. The illustrations and simple words make Martin’s Big Words accessible to young listeners and readers.

Martin’s Big Words is a 2002 Caldecott Honor Book, a Coretta Scott King Honor Book and was named the Best Illustrated Children’s Book in 2001 from The New York Times Book Review, and has earned many other awards.

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