A beautiful book anytime, I Have A Dream is especially meaningful during the beginning of the year for MLK day and Black History Month. With the accompanying CD, the entire “I Have A Dream” speech can be heard. The book begins around the 15 minute mark. Start there to have a “read-along” experience.
Kadir Nelson is my absolute favorite illustrator, and he doesn’t disappoint with this masterful presentation. Regan McMahon of Common Sense Media writes, “With vivid panoramas and moving close-ups, award-winning author-illustrator Kadir Nelson amplifies the meaning of King’s words “The pictures are big and bold and the text spare, so even little kids can grasp the historical moment and its lasting impact.”in close-up portraits of his face as well as pictures of black and white kids and adults together, holding hands and standing up for freedom, justice, and equality. Even if you feel you’ve heard this speech a million times, Nelson’s stunning full-color paintings give it new life, underscoring the intensity and raw truth of King’s message. The pictures are big and bold and the text spare, so even little kids can grasp the historical moment and its lasting impact.”
A 2013 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Book
Digging to the Roots – Enrichment Education Ideas
- In your search engine, type “Martin Luther King stamp”. Click on “images” to see the many countries that have honored Dr. King with a national stamp. Choose your favorite to draw and color, or create your own!
- Watch a video: MLK – The King and His Dream, created by schoolchildren
- Ms. Kelly and her children have an annual march through their neighborhood! I love this idea. Grab some friends, make signs, sing songs, and pray for peace and equality for all!
- MLK had a dream. Share your dreams with others in your group.
- For a Martin Luther King, Jr. birthday party celebration, click here.
- For an MLK word search, click below.