Monday, January 20, 2014

Martin Luther King - January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968 -

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr

January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968


Today we celebrate Dr, Martin Luther King Day throughout the United States.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968) was an American pastor, activist, humanitarian, and leader in the African-American Civil Rights Movement. He is best known for his role in the advancement of civil rights using nonviolent civil disobedience based on his Christian beliefs.

He was born Michael King, but his father changed his name in honor of German reformer Martin Luther. A Baptist minister, King became a civil rights activist early in his career. He led the 1955 Montgomery Bus Boycott and helped found the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) in 1957, serving as its first president. With the SCLC, King led an unsuccessful struggle against segregation in Albany, Georgia, in 1962, and organized nonviolent protests in Birmingham, Alabama, that attracted national attention following television news coverage of the brutal police response. King also helped to organize the 1963 March on Washington, where he delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech. There, he established his reputation as one of the greatest orators in American history.

I have included below the titles for some of the children's books that have been written about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Let us know if you have any recommendations and I will add them to the list.


Some Martin Luther King, Jr. children's books include:

Happy Birthday, Martin Luther King by Jean Marzollo

I Have a Dream by Margaret Davidson

March On! The Day My Brother Martin Changed the World by Christine King Farris and Illustrated by London Ladd

Martin Luther King, Jr. by my Pastan

Martin's Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King,
Jr. by Dorren Rapaport, Bryan Collier and Illustrated by Bryan Collier

Martin's Dreams by Jane Kurtz

My Brother Martin by Christine King Farris

My Dream of Martin Luther King by Faith Ringgold

The Story of Martin Luther King Jr. by Johnny Ray Moore

Martin Luther King, Jr. by Alice Fleming

Child of the Civil Rights Movement by Paula Young Shelton and Illustrated by Raul Colon


Until the next time!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Happy Reading!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

A Children's Book a Day, Keeps the Scary Monster Away!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Amiri Baraka - October 7, 1934 – January 9, 2014

Amiri Baraka / LeRoi Jones

October 7, 1934 – January 9, 2014

Amiri Baraka (born Everett LeRoi Jones; October 7, 1934 – January 9, 2014), formerly known as LeRoi Jones and Imamu Amear Baraka, was an American writer of poetry, drama, fiction, essays and music criticism. He was the author of numerous books of poetry and taught at a number of universities, including the State University of New York at Buffalo and the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He received the PEN Open Book Award, formerly known as the Beyond Margins Award, in 2008 for Tales of the Out and the Gone.

Baraka's poetry and writing has attracted both extreme praise and condemnation. Within the African-American community, some compare him to James Baldwin and call Baraka one of the most respected and most widely published Black writers of his generation. 

Some of his works include: 

  • Dutchman and the Slave, Two Plays
  • The Baptism & the Toilet
  • Black Magic: Sabotage, Target Study, Black Art: Collected Poetry, 1961-1967
  • Selected Plays and Prose of Amiri Baraka, LeRoi Jones
  • Black Music: Essays
  • Transbluesency: The Selected Poems of Amiri Baraka/Leroi Jones (1961-1995)
  • Blues People: Negro Music in White America
  • The Fiction of LeRoi Jones/Amiri Baraka
  • The Autobiography of LeRoi Jones
  • Four Black Revolutionary Plays
  • Raise, Race, Rays, Raze: Essays Since 1965

Happy Reading!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Until the next time!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

A Children's Book a Day, Keeps the Scary Monster Away!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!