50th Anniversary March on Washington

Picture books that commemorate this historic day:

ihaveadream_coverI Have a Dream, by Martin Luther King, Jr; illustrated by Kadir Nelson (Schwartz & Wade, 2012)

Synopsis from publisher: “From Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s daughter, Dr. Bernice A. King: “My father’s dream continues to live on from generation to generation, and this beautiful and powerful illustrated edition of his world-changing “I Have a Dream” speech brings his inspiring message of freedom, equality, and peace to the youngest among us—those who will one day carry his dream forward for everyone.”

we_march_JPG_210x1000_q85We March, by Shane W. Evans (Roaring Brook Press, 2012)

Synopsis from publisher: “On August 28, 1963, a remarkable event took place—more than 250,000 people gathered in our nation’s capital to participate in the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. The march began at the Washington Monument and ended with a rally at the Lincoln Memorial, where Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his  historic “I Have a Dream” speech, advocating racial harmony. Many words have been written about that day, but few so delicate and powerful as those presented here by award-winning author and illustrator Shane W. Evans. When combined with his simple yet compelling illustrations, the thrill of the day is brought to life for even the youngest reader to experience.”

kr_kidsread_marchonrev_011210_fixedMarch On!: The Day My Brother Martin Changed the World, by Christine King Farris, illustrated by London Ladd

A Sweet Smell of Roses, by Angela Johnson, illustrated by Eric Velasquez (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2007).

Synopsis from publisher: “There’s a sweet, sweet smell in the air as two young girls sneak out of their house, down the street, and across town to where men and women are gathered, ready to march for freedom and justice. Inspired by countless children and young adults who took a stand, two Coretta Scott King honorees offer a heart-lifting glimpse of children’s roles in the civil rights movement.”roses

 

– Don Tate

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One Response to 50th Anniversary March on Washington

  1. […] of the March on Washington. My favorite post to help bring them into the conversation is Don Tate’s listing of picture and nonfiction books. Throughout the year, educator’s can turn to ALA’s newly […]

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