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6 Books About Martin Luther King, Jr. Worth Reading (For All Ages!) | Writer’s Relief

It’s hard to choose just one great book about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. when there are so many worthy offerings! Dr. King’s message of justice, equality, and peace is more important than ever, so Writer’s Relief presents six books about the great man that will appeal to all ages.


A Sweet Smell of Roses by Angela Johnson, illustrated by Eric Velazquez

Two sisters sneak out to march with Dr. Martin Luther King, dreaming of how freedom will one day smell like flowers. This oversized children’s picture book features beautiful, realistic charcoal illustrations with vibrant touches of red throughout.


Martin’s Big Words: The Life of Martin Luther King, Jr. by Doreen Rappaport, illustrated by Bryan Collier

This picture-book biography is an excellent introduction for young readers to learn about one of the world’s most influential leaders. Doreen Rappaport weaves her own words with quotes from Dr. King, and it’s all brought to life by Collier’s striking artwork.


A Time to Break Silence by Martin Luther King, Jr.

This collection of King’s essential writings and speeches is perfect for students and young adults, with material carefully selected by teachers across a variety of disciplines.

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Why We Can’t Wait by Martin Luther King, Jr.

Dr. King’s classic exploration of the events and forces behind the Civil Rights Movement—includes his “Letter from Birmingham Jail, April 16, 1963.”


To the Mountaintop: Martin Luther King Jr.’s Sacred Mission to Save America by Stewart Burns

A beautiful biography of Dr. King’s life and work, and how the Civil Rights campaign emerged. It’s also the history of the turbulent period that changed the course of American history.


The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr., edited by Clayborne Carson

This extraordinary autobiography is a first-person account of one of America’s greatest leaders, chronicling MLK’s childhood, education, and ascendency as a leader of civil rights. It also displays his constant battle with fear as he faced daily death threats.

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