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Jan

I Have a Dream

I Have a Dream

by Martin Luther King, Jr, illustrated by Kadir Nelson

Find it at: Your library | Amazon| Indiebound

Published: Schwartz & Wade an imprint of Random House Children’s Books; Har/Com edition (October 9, 2012)

Recommended Reading Age: All ages

In a nutshell: Today is a day we honor and remember one of the greatest heroes to have ever walked the earth:
Martin Luther King, Jr.

I don’t recall how many times I have listened to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech, but I do know that I have gotten (and get) goosebumps every time. It was a speech that changed everything. Every word was felt deep within those thousands who listened that day it was first declared. It continues to inspire us to this very day.

When I look at this painting in the new I Have a Dream picture book illustrated by by Kadir Nelson, I get those same goosebumps.

Two-time Caldecott Honor winner, Kadir Nelson is no stranger to illustrating powerful books… Heart and Soul,  Henry’s Freedom Box, Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom are the first to come to mind. His latest book depicts the last leg of Dr. King’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech masterfully. Last year, when I was planning for a Martin Luther King Jr. Day themed storytime, I searched high and low for a book like this to read aloud, but came up just a little short. When this book was released ten months later I was thrilled to know there now is such a book about Dr. King that even the youngest toddler-age children can appreciate.

This book also comes with an official recording of the speech from the March on Washington on August 28, 1963, as well as a full transcript found in the back of the book.

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