Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Given the recent national discussion about race relations, Martin Luther King Day, and the opportunity it provides for conversations with children about these issues, is particularly important this year.  The history of racism in America and the challenges we still face are not the easiest topics to discuss with young children. Here is a lovely short illustrated story of Dr. Martin Luther King’s life, written by Helene Wein and illustrated by Joyce Mathis, that provides a wonderful introduction for young children.  It was originally published in the Great Neck/Manhasset PCHP Winter 1997 Newsletter and we are proud to be able to share it!  We encourage parents, teachers, and guardians to focus on the positive messages of Martin Luther King Day – standing up for what you believe in, working for peace, and overcoming adversity.

 

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PCHP recommends these age-appropriate children’s books that highlight powerful messages about overcoming prejudice and adversity. They are wonderful to read with your children today and all days!

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This lovely little board book helps explain how MLK challenged segregation in America.

 

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This Amazon Best Seller tells the story of the first African American child to integrate a New Orleans school.  In 1960, 6-yr-old Ruby Bridges and her family moved to New Orleans, and Ruby was the first African  American child to attend an all-white school. Ruby’s story of courage, faith, and hope is sure to inspire you and your child.

 

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We all know the powerful story of Jackie Robinson.  Now share it with your child! In the 1940s, Jackie Robinson became the first black player on a Major League Baseball team. This book shows how Pee Wee Reese took a stand and declared Jackie his teammate and friend.

 

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This beautiful picture book is a celebration of the world’s diverse cultures, our similarities and differences.

 

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We cannot get enough of our 2014 Literacy Champion Misty Copeland’s book! This beautiful story of a young girl highlights how hard work and dedication make anything possible.