I Have a Dream

Book review by
Susan Fitzgerald, Common Sense Media
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A treasured speech seen in a vibrant new light.

Parents say

age 14+
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Kids say

age 13+
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The parents' guide to what's in this book.

Positive Messages

This is the ultimate expression of the need for equality. Demonstrations of inequality and cruelty.


Words and artwork depict violent realities but encourage peaceful resolution. Artwork illustrating police brutality and sit-ins. The theme of racial injustice pervades this book; adults should be ready for a lot of questions.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that King's words are inspiring, but the book's artwork is uneven. Readers new to the piece will be moved; those familiar with King's words may appreciate this artful expression.

What's the story?

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech changed the face of race relations forever. Here, those same words that told of the possibilities of peace and harmony are interpreted by the artwork of fifteen Coretta Scott King Award and Honor Book winners. The result? A treasured speech seen in a vibrant, colorful new light.


Is it any good?

Martin Luther King's vision is alive and vibrant in this depiction of his historical speech. Though the quality of the art varies widely, from bold and striking visions to pictures that look like they were created for a 1950s-era textbook, readers will be intrigued by the voices of the artists themselves.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about King's speech and the art that illustrates it. Do you find King's words inspiring? Which illustrations are your favorites, and why?

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