The life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is observed on January 18, 2021, and provides a wonderful opportunity to talk to your child about important values Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. championed.
Concepts such as peace, racial equality, and cultural equality were woven throughout Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life; they are powerful concepts to share with your child.
If you are looking for ways to teach these essential principles to your child, we recommend reading books about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Books serve as a magnificent way to introduce these important values to your child and can be used as a guide to engage in meaningful conversations.
At New Horizon Academy, we selected a few books that we feel celebrate and honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s important legacy.
My First Biography: Martin Luther King, Jr.
by Marion Dane Bauer
The Story of Martin Luther King Jr.
by Johnny Ray Moore
March On! The Day My Brother Martin Changed the World
by Christine King Farris
Martin’s Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
by Doreen Rappaport
I Have a Dream
by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Kadir Nelson
Activities to Extend the Learning
After reading a book about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. , engage in one of our suggested activities to deepen your child’s understanding and create a truly meaningful experience. Here are a couple of our favorite activities to extend your child’s learning.
- “I Have a Dream” Activity
After reading Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech, ask your child to share his dreams. Discuss ways that your family can follow the example of Dr. King and make the world a better place. Use ideas from our website, here, to create a mobile to display in a prominent area in your home.
- Make Caring for Others an Everyday Habit
Participating in activities that give to others helps children develop important empathy, compassion, and kindness skills. Children develop compassion through acts of caring and kindness towards others, and as they grow, it can guide their actions and behaviors in positive ways. Visit our website, here, to find easy-to-implement ideas your family can implement to care for others.