Book and video ideas for celebrating the life of MLK Jr. with children

As the official holiday celebrating the life of Martin Luther King Jr. approaches, I thought I would share some resources to help engage children in his life and work. There are some great videos available for instant streaming about MLK Jr.

This video is a read-aloud version of the book Martin’s Big Words:


This animated short called The King and His Dream is a great overview of MLK’s life for kids of all ages:


This full-length animated movie Our Friend Martin is a bit dated, but it’s a great story about a boy who travels back in time to when MLK was alive.


And for older kids or adults, watching the I Have a Dream speech  is a great yearly tradition. Here is a shorter version condensed down to five minutes.


Are your kids fans of Kid President? To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his historic "I Have a Dream" speech, Kid President received the high honor of being invited to be part of the event. Here is what happened.


Also, if you are a member of Netflix, you can stream the Scholastic Storybook version of Martin’s Big Words.




There are also several great books for kids available, that could also be great resources for Black History Month coming up. . .

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1. A  Lesson for Martin Luther King,  Jr.

2. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the March on Washington

3. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

4. Who Was Martin Luther King, Jr.?

5. Happy Birthday, Martin Luther King, Jr.

6. March On!: The Day My Brother Martin Changed the World

7. Martin's Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

8. My Brother Martin: A Sister Remembers

Do you have any other resources for celebrating the day?

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