Review: Happy Birthday, Martin Luther King Introduces Civil Rights Leader To Kids

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Today is Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s actual birthday, so I thought it would be a perfect day to review this book.

Happy Birthday, Martin Luther King, by Jean Marzollo, is a brief recollection of MLK’s life and how he became such a famous man. It also explains a bit about segregation and how Martin fought to stop it.

I know a lot about MLK. I’ve been to both his birthplace in Atlanta and the hotel where he was killed in Memphis, so I didn’t learn anything new from this book. But for people who don’t know a lot about him, they might like learning about this cool man.

This book had really interesting illustrations by J. Brian Pinkney. They were different from what I am accustomed to. He uses a style called scratchboard.

I recommend this book to readers ages three to five. This book is TOTALLY for little kids because most older people already know a lot about the civil rights leader. If you want a good book to get for your kids for next week’s official Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration, this book could be the one.

I give it for 4 out of 4 roses because it is an awesome book for young readers!





  1. Elena

    It is great you already know so much about Martin Luther King! Why do you think it is important for readers of all ages to learn about his life?

    Also, what will you and your family do this year to celebrate his holiday?

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    1. I think it is important for everyone to know about MLK because learning about him will teach them about the importance of speaking up for yourself and being peaceful and non-violent.

      Usually we attend a March or a program, but this year we were traveling so I just read several books about him.


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