Written in first-person, with accompanying comic-style pictures, I Am Martin Luther King, Jr. by Brad Meltzer will teach young kids about this strong superhero who changed the world.
This book explains the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s life from when he was a young, accident-prone kid to when he was a famous civil rights leader who was shot and killed. Martin Luther King was a persistent activist, powerful preacher and a proud father and husband. This book really emphasizes these traits and more. He was inspiring, a trailblazer, a warrior. I think kids will really believe that by reading I Am MLK.
I liked this book because Martin was portrayed as a short little kid with a moustache throughout the whole book, yet others were taller and looked older. I believe the illustrator, Christopher Eliopoulos, did this because he wanted the children reading this to believe they can be like Martin, and they are never too young to change the world.
When Martin Luther King was 35 he received the Nobel Peace Prize, and at the time he was the youngest person to win it. “His nonviolent resistance to racial prejudice in America” was the reason he was awarded the medal in 1964. (In 2014, Malala Yousafzai then became the youngest to win the Nobel Peace Prize. I reviewed her inspirational picture book, Malala’s Magic Pencil!)
As I’ve said, this book is for little kids to learn more about this amazing role model and leader. If you like other books in the author’s Ordinary People Change the World series, like I Am Rosa Parks, I am sure you will love this one, too.
I rate this book four out of four roses!