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Books and Activities that Honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Legacy

The life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is observed on the third Monday of every year, 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.

New Horizon Academy is a nationally recognized early learning provider with more than 90 schools in Minnesota, Iowa, Colorado, Idaho, and Kansas. Through research-backed curriculum and high-quality daycare, New Horizon Academy childcare centers nurture and prepare children to succeed in school and life.

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