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We will celebrate the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. on January 20 and most kindergarten and early learning centers will plan a celebration in a lesson activity. The life of Martin Luther King can be introduced to young children with great-read-alouds during storytime. "A Picture Book of Martin Luther King, Jr." by David A. Adler and illustrated by Robert Casilla is a beautiful picture book for reading and discussing the life of this African American leader with young children.

The book is short and easy to read. This book will appeal to young children in that it emphasizes Martin's childhood and his family. The story tells how Martin's childhood gave him leadership concepts for later life. Children will be able to relate to Martin's early experiences with racism, and the story can be used as a springboard for discussions about fairness, kindness, and treating friends with equality. It also makes a great beginning for a classroom discussion about community service.

The watercolor illustrations are attractive to children, and are very effective in telling Martin's story.

This book is recommended for ages 5-8, and was published by Holiday House, Inc. It has an ISBN of 9780823408474.

Teachers will want to add this biography to their storytime collection. It makes a great choice for teaching empathy for any situation when children need inspiration for being kind.

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