25 Kids’ Books to Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.

Let the Children MarchEven young children can understand the concepts of fairness and justice. They are well equipped as preschoolers to describe what it means to be fair, take turns or share. Young children also know what it means to stand up for what you think is right. Who hasn’t heard a child protest, “that’s not fair!”? In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, here are 20 books for children that highlight Dr. King’s life and legacy as standing up for these ideas; fighting for equality and justice beyond the playground.

In 1994, Martin Luther King Jr. Day was officially recognized as a National Day of Service. Volunteers across the country will work together to make a difference. Many of them will be children! To help talk about the many ways even small children can contribute to the bigger world outside their own home, take a look at the book suggestions on  Not Too Little to Help: Raising Socially Conscious Kids. “Can I help?” Yes, you CAN!


Websites & Online Activities:

Martin Luther King Jr. Color By Number PrintableMartin Luther King Jr. I Can Dream WorksheetMartin Luther King Jr. Coloring SheetMartin Luther King Jr. March on Washington Maze

eBooks:

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I Can Read Martin Luther King Jr.Be a KingThe Cart That Carried MartinI Have a DreamI Am Martin Luther King Jr.

Print Books:

The Little Book of Little ActivistsA is for ActivistA Sweet Smell of RosesBack of the BusBelle the Last Mule at Gee's BendMake a ChangeThat Is My DreamThese HandsWe Shall Overcome the Story of a SongOur Children Can SoarHappy Birthday Martin Luther King Jr.March OnMartin & MahaliaMartin RisingMartin's Big WordsMartin's Dream DayWe MarchWhen Martin Luther King Jr. Wore Roller SkatesThe Youngest Marcher

To learn even more about fascinating and inspiring black history makers, visit the Center for Black Literature & Culture at Central Library. The Center is dedicated to celebrating the vibrant and resilient heritage and triumphs of those born of African roots.

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Read Right Now! WINTER & SNOW

It’s cold! I know, stating the obvious! A good day to remember this famous storybook quote:

“The sun did not shine. It was too wet to play. So we sat in the house all that cold, cold, wet day.”

It would be a good day for a visit from The Cat in the Hat to change things up and make a big fun mess!

Since The Cat in the Hat won’t really stop by, here are some books that might help you figure out how to have some fun together on a cold day, and later in the week, on a snowy day!

FREE Online eBooks about Snow:

Friendly Frosty MonstersThe MittenIsItColdOutsideA Blanket of SnowIts WinterBrave Irene

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SnowThomasSnowTobySnowWillowSnowSkateSnowChillSnowFrosty2SnowFallSnowBerty

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SnowBiggestSnowSnowDaySnowZachSnowBlowSnowMarley

Printables, Crafts & More about Snow:

Winter FrostyWinter Ice SkateWinter Color HatsWinter Let It Snow

Books:

Oliver and Amanda and the Big SnowSnowThe Jacket I Wear in the SnowLemonade in WinterCliffords First Snow DaySnowFrostySnowflake BentleyKaty and the Big SnowSnowLadybugThe Snowy DayFroggy Gets Dressed

Winter & Snow Non-Fiction:

SnowCreatingSnowKnowSnowWeKnowSnowFortsBuild Your Own Fort IglooThe Kids Winter Fun Book

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10 Books for Kids to Celebrate Kwanzaa & Nguzo Saba

Nguzo Saba are the seven principles of African Heritage celebrated during Kwanzaa.

1. Umoja (Unity)
2. Kujichagulia (Self-Determination)
3. Ujima (Responsibility)
4. Ujamaa (Cooperative economics)
5. Nia (Purpose)
6. Kuumba (Creativity)
7. Imani (Faith)

In L’il Rabbit’s Kwanzaa, L’il Rabbit is having a rough Kwanzaa. He loves the big Kwanzaa feast called Karamu but he may miss it because his grandmother isn’t feeling well. Instead of feeling sorry for himself, L’il Rabbit remembers that Kwanzaa is a time for helping. He tells his animal friends that his Grandma is ill and the animals show up with food and gifts to help L’il Rabbit and his Grandma celebrate anyway. Listed below are more Kwanzaa stories to check out with your library card to share with your kids the spirit of Nguzo Saba (The Seven Principals of Kwanzaa).


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Crafts for KwanzaaKwanzaa Wonder BooksKwanzaaSeven Spools of Thread a Kwanzaa StoryWe Celebrate Kwanzaa in Winter

Print Books:

KwanzaaKwanzaaSanta's KwanzaaThe Sound of Kwanzaa

To learn even more about fascinating and inspiring black history makers, visit the Center for Black Literature & Culture at Central Library. The Center is dedicated to celebrating the vibrant and resilient heritage and triumphs of those born of African roots.

WeNeedDiverseBooks LogoTo get young people engaged, one of the things they need is to see themselves in books. It is important for all of us to see ourselves in books, because that encourages us to read in a different way and encourages us to write more.” ~ Dr. Jerrie Cobb Scott Founder of the African American Read-in #weneeddiversebooks

Read Right Now! CHRISTMAS

A long, cold December night is a great time to share favorite Christmas stories! There are many holiday classics to choose from to get your family into the holiday spirit. You can listen to video read alouds of two all-time favorites, The Night Before Christmas and How the Grinch Stole Christmas, right now! More free video read alouds are listed below along with printable activities and Christmas Favorites you can check out with your Library card. Have a wonderful holiday!

More great stories can be found at 25 Multicultural Christmas Books for Kids.

More FREE Online eBooks about Christmas:

The Polar ExpressBrave IreneChristmasJourneyChristmasShipHoHoHoTuckerJingleAllMaisyGingerbreadSesameCelebrateWaldos Christmas SurpriseBunbun's Christmas Counting BookSchnitzelFirst

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Printables, Crafts & More about Christmas:

Christmas BingoGrinch Dot to DotTracer Christmas TreeTracer Angel

eBooks:

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Pete the Cat Saves ChristmasBear Stays Up Late for ChristmasLlama Llama Holiday DramaThe Nutcracker

Print Chritmas Classics:

A Bad Kitty ChristmasArthur's ChristmasCarl's ChristmasChristmas in the BarnIt's Christmas DavidMerry Christmas StregaMr. Willowby's Christmas TreeNativityOlive the Other Christmas ReindeerRoom for a Little OneRudolph the Red Nosed ReindeerSanta's Book of NamesThe Christmas Miracle of Jonathon ToomeyThe Night Before ChristmasThe Night Before ChristmasThe SnowmanThe Story of Holly and IvyThe Twelve Days of ChristmasThe Year of the Perfect Christmas TreeYes Virginia There is a Santa Claus

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25 Multicultural Christmas Books for Kids

Joy to the World Christmas Stories Around the WorldChristmas is a time of year that brings people together. The happiness, generosity and spirit of good will at Christmas provide a great opportunity to share with kids how people of different traditions and cultures connect and show they care. Sharing time, space, food, traditions and memories nurture our connections. Christmas is a natural time to focus on what we share while also celebrating the wonderful ways we are different. It is odd, but true, that acknowledging differences can actually showcase our commonalities! The stories listed here are some favorites that show the countless ways people down the street, across town or across the globe celebrate Christmas. Share them with your child to nurture the spirit of peace on earth.

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Too Many TamalesThe Night of Las PosadasThe Legend of the PoinsettiaThe All I'll Ever Want Christmas DollNine Days to Christmas

Print Books:

12 Days of ChristmasA Kenya ChristmasA Pinata in a Pine TreeBaboushka and the Three KingsCharro ClausGrace at ChristmasHallelujah a Christmas CelebrationKatie's London ChristmasLa Noche BuenaThe Legend of Old BefanaThe Flying Canoe a Christmas StoryThe Little Match GirlThe Night Before ChristmasThe Nutcracker in HarlemThe Wee Christmas CabinTree of CranesTwas NochebuenaWhen Christmas Feels Like HomeYoon and the Christmas Mitten