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Martin Luther King, Jr. Booklist

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January 16, 2023

Monday, January 16 is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day! Honor his life and legacy today and every day with books for the whole family.

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For Children

A Place to Land: Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Speech That Inspired a Nation by Barry Wittenstein

As Good As Anybody: Martin Luther King, Jr. and Abraham Joshua Herschels’ Amazing March Toward Freedom by Richard Michelson

Be a King: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Dream and You by Carole Boston Weatherford

I Have a Dream by Martin Luther King, Jr. and  illustrated by Kadir Nelson

I’ve Seen the Promised Land: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by Walter Dean Myers

Let the Children March by Monica Clark-Robinson

Love Will See You Through: Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Six Guiding Beliefs (As Told By His Niece) by Angela Farris Watkins, PhD.

March On!: The Day My Brother Martin Changed the World by Christine King Farris

Martin Luther, King, Jr. by Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara

Martin Rising: Requiem for a King by Andrea Davis Pinkey and Brian Pinkey

Martin’s Big Words: The Life of Martin Luther King, Jr. by Doreen Rappaport

Memphis, Martin, and the Mountaintop: The Sanitation Strike of 1968 by Alice Faye Duncan

My Daddy, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by Martin Luther King III

For Teens and Adults

Behind the Dream: The Making of the Speech That Transformed a Nation by Clarence B. Jones

Chasing King’s Killer: The Hunt for Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Assassin by James L. Swanson

Gospel of Freedom: Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Letter From Birmingham Jail and the Struggle That Changed a Nation by Jonathan Rieder

The Heavens Might Crack: The Death and Legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. by Jason Sokol

I See the Promised Land: A Life of Martin Luther King, Jr. by Arthur Flowers

Killing King: Racial Terrorists, James Earl Ray, and the Plot to Assassinate Martin Luther King Jr. by Stuart Wexler

Marching to the Mountaintop: How Poverty, Labor Fights, and Civil Rights Set the Stage for Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Final Hours by Amy Bausum

Martin’s Dream: My Journey and the Legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. by Clayborne Carson

Nine Days: The Race to Save Martin Luther King Jr.’s Life and Win the 1960 Election by Stephen Kendrick

The Promise and the Dream: The Untold Story of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy by David Margolick

Redemption: Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Last 31 Hours by Joseph Rosenbloom

To the Promised Land: Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Fight for Economic Justice by Michael K. Honey

The Three Mothers: How the Mothers of Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, and James Baldwin Shaped a Nation by Anna Malaika Tubbs