Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Curriculum

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How do you celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day? Do you know why it is a national holiday? Did you know that Martin Luther King, Jr. received the Nobel Peace Prize? Do you know why they called him Dr. King?

One of my favorite parts of homeschooling is learning about the history and purpose of our national holidays with my kids. This is a list of books and videos that I highly recommend you use when learning about Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with your kids.

FYI: You can find all of these books at your local library, or you can buy them on Amazon. The videos are from You Tube.


1.Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, by Reagan Miller

This book covers Dr. King’s life, his influence, and his death. It talks about when the holiday was instituted and how it is celebrated around the world. It has a lot of good information and colorful photographs on each page.

For ages 5-12

2. Martin’s Big Words, by Doreen Rappaport, illustrated by Bryan Collier

This is an award winning picture book about the life and words of Dr. King. It shares his life story from his childhood perspective. With each page and picture the author includes a direct quote by Dr. King. This book is excellent; a very powerful read.

You can also watch a video version of this book with an audio reading on Amazon Prime Video.

For ages 5+

3. Coretta Scott King, by Maria Nelson

This is a book in the Civil Rights Crusaders series. It is about the life and influence of Dr. King’s wife, Coretta Scott King. This book opens your eyes to her life and influence, and the part she played in the civil rights movement. It also demonstrates how she continued to influence the world long after Dr. King’s death.

For ages 8+

4. The March on Washington Journey To Freedom, by L.S. Summer

This is a book in the African American Library. It includes a lot of great information including names, dates, facts, historical events, groups, etc.. This book includes real photographs from the years of the civil rights movement. It is a very informational read; 29 pages of U.S. history in one great book.

For ages 12+

5. I Have A Dream, by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Foreword by Coretta Scott King

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
This is the painting is displayed on the cover of this book. Here is a description of the painting by the artists, “In our painting the light that Dr. King is approaching represents the dream achieved. He is accompanied by the spirits of equality and justice. To keep the dream from fading, we must always keep moving toward it.”

This book is an illustrated edition of Dr. King’s “I Have A Dream Speech”. Every word of his speech is in this book. Included are award winning paintings by various African American artists to match the text. This book is very well done, and an excellent read.

For ages 8+


1.Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Biography for Children, by Free School:

This video is really well done. It covers Dr. King’s early life to his death. It uses real photographs and quotes from his life and speeches. Free School always does an excellent job with their biographies.

For ages 5+

Summary of Dr. King’s life and influence.

2. “I Have A Dream” speech by Martin Luther King, Jr. by Rare Facts:

This video is actual footage of Dr. King’s famous speech in full. It has been given subtitles and has been remastered. The picture is clear and sharp. Hearing this speech from his own mouth and watching him as he gives it is powerful!

For ages 8+

3. The Story of Martin Luther King Jr. by Kid President

If you love Kid President this video is for you. If you have never heard of Kid President before, then consider this an introductory video. He is just an ordinary kid that talks about extraordinary things. I love his take on Dr. King. My kids relate to him well because he is a kid too. We love Kid President.

For ages 5+

Martin Luther King, Jr. by Kid President

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