Ode to the King
A Place to Land: Martin Luther King Jr. and the Speech That Inspired a Nation by Barry Wittenstein & Jerry Pinkney (2019)
J 323.092 WIT
Martin Luther King, Jr. was once asked if the hardest part of preaching was knowing where to begin. No, he said. The hardest part is knowing where to end. "It's terrible to be circling up there without a place to land." Finding this place to land was what Martin Luther King, Jr. struggled with, alongside advisors and fellow speech writers, in the Willard Hotel the night before the March on Washington, where he gave his historic "I Have a Dream" speech. But those famous words were never intended to be heard on that day, not even written down for that day, not even once.
DK Life Stories: Martin Luther King Jr. by Laurie Calkhoven (2019)
Martin Luther King Jr. will always be remembered for his famous "I Have a Dream" speech, which he gave during the March on Washington in 1963. But his life before and after that big event, and his other enormous contributions to the Civil Rights Movement in the United States, largely go unspoken. In this biography for kids ages 8-12, learn all about MLK--from his early family life and experiences in education, to his untimely death and the worldwide mourning and riots that followed.
DK Life Stories go beyond the basic facts to tell the true life stories of history's most interesting people. Full-color photographs and hand-drawn illustrations complement thoughtfully written, age-appropriate text to create an engaging book children will enjoy reading. Definition boxes, information sidebars, fun facts, maps, inspiring quotes, and other nonfiction text features add depth, and a handy reference section at the back makes this series perfect for school reports and projects. Each book also includes an author's introduction letter, a glossary, and an index.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial by Christine Taylor-Butler (2019)
J 975.3 TAY
Martin Luther King, Jr.'s legacy is honored with a beautiful memorial in the center of Washington, D.C., the nation's capital. Readers will learn about King's life and accomplishments, how the memorial was planned and built, its integration with surrounding Tidal Basin monuments, and much more.
The True Book: National Parks series allows readers to experience spectacular vistas and natural landscapes, as well as interact with the rich tapestry of American History. This series includes an age appropriate (grades 3-5) introduction to curriculum-relevant subjects and a robust resource section that encourages independent study.
Robert Downey, Jr. has transitioned from a superhero who likes to hear himself talk to a literary classic who talks to the animals. Dolittle hits the big screen this weekend. The star-studded cast also includes Rami Malek, Octavia Spencer, John Cena, Emma Thompson, Antonio Banderas, Jim Broadbent, Tom Holland, Ralph Fiennes, and Selena Gomez.
"After losing his wife, the eccentric Dr. John Dolittle, famed doctor and veterinarian of Queen Victoria's England, hermits himself away behind the high walls of Dolittle Manor with only his menagerie of exotic animals for company. But when the young queen falls gravely ill, a reluctant Dolittle is forced to set sail on an epic adventure to a mythical island in search of a cure, regaining his wit and courage as he crosses old adversaries and discovers wondrous creatures."
Make sure you read the books by Hugh Lofting that inspired the movie!
Doctor Dolittle: Vol. 1: The Complete Collection (three novels in one)
The Story of Doctor Dolittle (book-on-CD)
The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle (Newbery winner)