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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that I Have a Dream illustrates excerpts of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s famous speech, delivered from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial at the March on Washington in 1963. Author-illustrator Kadir Nelson won a 2013 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor for this picture book. Families should be prepared to discuss the civil rights movement of the 1960s, discrimination, the legacy of slavery, and King's assassination.
What's the story?
Is it any good?
With vivid panoramas and moving close-ups, award-winning author-illustrator Kadir Nelson amplifies the meaning of King's words. There are close-up portraits of King's face as well as pictures of black and white kids and adults together, holding hands and standing up for freedom, justice, and equality. Even if you feel you've heard this speech a million times, Nelson's stunning full-color paintings give it new life, underscoring the intensity and raw truth of King's message. The pictures are big and bold and the text spare, so even little kids can grasp the historical moment and its lasting impact.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Do you know why there's a holiday that celebrates his life?
What stories have you read or seen on TV or in the movies about Martin Luther King, Jr.?
What other historical figures do you know about who had a big impact on American history?
- Author: Kadir Nelson
- Genre: History
- Topics: Activism, Great Boy Role Models, History, Holidays, Misfits and Underdogs
- Book type: Non-Fiction
- Publisher: Schwartz & Wade
- Publication date: October 12, 2012
- Publisher's recommended age(s): 5 - 10
- Number of pages: 40
- Available on: Nook, Hardback, iBooks, Kindle
- Award: Coretta Scott King Medal and Honors
- Last updated: January 22, 2021
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