Published by Bloomsbury
Summary: “Everybody can be great, because everybody can serve….You only need a heart full of grace, a soul generated by love.” Martin Luther King Jr.’s words speak to children in this book showing how anyone can “be a King.” Illustrations portraying scenes from King’s life are interspersed with others in a different style showing kids working together to paint an MLK mural. Ideas for how to be a King include standing for peace, having a dream, and doing your very best at whatever you do. The last page shows the kids gathered around the mural with the advice, “You can be a King. Set your sights on the mountaintop. Climb a little higher every day.” An author’s note gives biographical information. 40 pages; ages 4-9.
Pros: I liked how this book connected the sometimes abstract concepts of King’s work and speeches with concrete actions that kids can take to make the world a better place. This would be an excellent book to use in conjunction with the day of service aspect of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. There is a lot to look at in the illustrations, with two stories interwoven.
Cons: Having biographical information on the pages with the pictures of King–even just a sentence or two–would have made this even more useful in helping kids understand his life.