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A call to read: 50 reasons to celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr.



Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, a federal holiday since 1986, commemorates King's legacy on January 21. King was a prophetic leader during the civil rights movement. His remarkable achievements are a symbol of hope and a trodden path for future leaders of change. Read more about King's life and notable achievements.



FAVORITE BOOK

"M.L.K. Journey of a King" by Tonya Bolden, Bob Adelman, photo editor (2007)

BOOKS FOR YOUNG READERS

1. "Martin Luther King Jr." by Saddleback Educational Publishing (2008)

2. "Martin Luther King Jr Day" by Margaret McNamara, Mike Gordon illustrator (2007)

3. "M.L.K. Journey of a King" by Tonya Bolden, photo editor Bob Adelman (2007)

4. "Martin Luther King Jr: Great Civil Rights Leader" by Jennifer Fandel, Brian Bascle (2006)

5. "My Brother Martin: A Sister Remembers Growing Up With The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr." by Christine King Farris, illustrated by Chris Soentpiet (2005)

6. "Happy Birthday, Martin Luther King" by Jean Marzollo, J. Brian Pinkney, illustrator (2005)

7. "I’ve Seen the Promised Land: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr." by Walter Dean Myers, Leonard Jenkins, illustrator (2003)

8. "Martin Luther King, Jr." by Pamela Hill Nettleton, illustrated by Gary Nichols (2003)

9. "Martin Luther King Jr." by Mary Winget (2003)

10. "Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr." by David A. Adler, illustrated by Colin Bootman (2001)

11. "Martin Luther King, Jr. and the March on Washington" by Frances E. Ruffin, illustrated by Stephen Marchesi (2001)

12. "The Story of Martin Luther King, Jr." by Johnny Ray Ray Moore, illustrated by Amy Wummer (2001)

13. "Martin’s Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr." by Doreen Rappaport, illustrated by Bryan Collier (2001)

14. "Meet Martin Luther King, Jr." by James T. de Kay (2001)

15. "Martin Luther King, Jr. and the March on Washington" by Frances E. Ruffin, illustrated by Stephen Marchesi (2000)

16. "Free at Last: The Story of Martin Luther King, Jr" by Angela Bull, DK Publishing (2000)

17. "My Dream of Martin Luther King" by Faith Ringgold (1998)

18. "A Picture Book of Martin Luther King, Jr." by David A. Adler, illustrated by Robert Casilla (1998)

19. "Martin Luther King," words by Rosemary L. Bray, paintings by Malcah Zeldis (1995)

20. "Young Martin Luther King, Jr: I Have a Dream" by Joanne Mattern, illustrated by Allan Eitzen (1992)

21. "Martin Luther King, Jr: Man of Peace" by Patricia and Fredrick McKissack, illustrated by Ned Ostendorf (1991)

22. "Martin Luther King, Jr. and His Birthday" by Jacqueline Woodson, pictures by Floyd Cooper (1990)

23. "What is Martin Luther King, Jr., Day?" by Margot Parker, illustrated by Matt Bates (1990)

24. "Martin Luther King, Jr.: A Man Who Changed Things" by Carol Greene (1989)

25. "Martin Luther King, Jr: Young Man with a Dream" by Dharathula H. Millender, Al Fiorentino illustrator (1986)

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BOOKS FOR ADULTS

1. "Assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr." by Ida Walker (2008)

2. "Going Down Jericho Road: The Memphis Strike, Martin Luther King’s Last Campaign" by Michael Honey (2007)

3. "I Have a Dream" by Martin Luther King Jr., Coretta Scott King (2007)

4. "Martin Luther King, Jr: The FBI Files by Federal Bureau of Investigation, Martin Luther King, Jr. (2007)

5. "Dream: The Words and Inspiration of Martin Luther King, Jr." by Martin Luther King, Jr. (2007)

6. "King: Pilgrimage to the Mountaintop" by Harvard Sitkoff (2007)

7. "Martin Luther King Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement: Controversies and Debates" by John A. Kirk (2007)

8. "Everything Martin Luther King, Jr. Book" by Jessica McElrath (2007)

9. "Voices: Reflections on an American Icon, Book and CD, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr." by Choral Arts Society (2007)

10. "At Canaan’s Edge: America in the King Years, 1965-68" by Taylor Branch (2007)

11. "The Martin Luther King Jr." by Various Authors (2006)

12. "Celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day" by Laura S. Jeffrey (2006)

13. "From Civil Rights to Human Rights: Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Struggle for Economic Justice" by Thomas Jackson, Tomas F. Jackson (2006)

14. "The Dream: Martin Luther King Jr., and the Speech That Inspired a Nation" by Drew D. Hansen (2005)

15. "Gandhi and King: The Power of Nonviolent Resistance" by Michael J. Nojeim (2004)

16. "An Act of State: The Execution of Martin Luther King" by William F. Pepper (2003)

17. "Martin Luther King Jr: Civil Rights Leader and Nobel Prize Winner" by Andrew Santella (2003)

18. "A Call to Conscience: The Landmark Speeches of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr." by Clayborne Carson, Kris Shepard (2002)

19. "Against Us, but for Us: Martin Luther King, Jr. and the State" by Michael G. Long (2002)

20. "I May Not Get There with You: The True Martin Luther King, Jr." by Michael Eric Dyson (2001)

21. "The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr." by Martin Luther King, Jr., Claryborne Carson (2001)

22. "Measure of a Man" by Martin Luther King, Jr. (2001)

23. "A Knock at Midnight: Inspiration from the Great Sermons of Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr." by Martin Luther King Jr., Peter Holloran, Clayborne Carson (1998)

24. "Let the Trumpet Sound: A Life of Martin Luther King, Jr." by Stephen B. Oates (1994)

25. "The Day Martin Luther King, Jr., Was Shot: A Photo History of the Civil Rights Movement" by James S. Haskins, Jim Haskins (1992)

*Book selections are based solely on opinion.

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