A Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Book
From Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s daughter, Dr. Bernice A. King: "My father's dream continues to live on from generation to generation, and this beautiful and powerful illustrated edition of his world-changing "I Have a Dream" speech brings his inspiring message of freedom, equality, and peace to the youngest among us--those who will one day carry his dream forward for everyone."
On August 28, 1963, on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial during the March on Washington, Martin Luther King gave one of the most powerful and memorable speeches in our nation's history. His words, paired with Caldecott Honor winner Kadir Nelson's magnificent paintings, make for a picture book certain to be treasured by children and adults alike. The themes of equality and freedom for all are not only relevant today, 50 years later, but also provide young readers with an important introduction to our nation's past. Included with the book is an audio CD of the speech.
About the Author
Martin Luther King, Jr. (January 15, 1929 - April 4, 1968) was a famous leader of the American civil rights movement, a political activist, and a Baptist minister. In 1964, King became the youngest man to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his work as a peacemaker, promoting nonviolence and equal treatment for different races. On April 4, 1968, Dr. King was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee. In 1977, he was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by Jimmy Carter. In 1986, Martin Luther King Day was established as a United States holiday. Dr. King often called for personal responsibility in fostering world peace.King's most influential and well-known public address is the "I Have A Dream" speech, delivered on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.
Kadir Nelson is the widely acclaimed illustrator of many books for children, including "Thunder Rose, " written by Jerdine Nolen, which received a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Award; "Ellington Was Not a Street, " written by Ntozake Shange, which received a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award; and "Hewitt Anderson's Great Big Life, " written by Jerdine Nolen, which won the 2005 Society of Illustrators Gold Medal. He is also the illustrator of Deloris Jordan and Roslyn M. Jordan's "Salt in His Shoes" and Spike Lee and Tonya Lewis Lee's "Please, Baby, Please" and "Please, Puppy, Please". Kadir Nelson lives with his family in San Diego, California.
Entertainment Weekly, December 5, 2012:
"This picture book stands a notch above others thanks to Caldecott Honor winner Kadir Nelson's beautifully rendered and sincerely moving paintings."
School Library Journal Best of Children's Books 2012
Publishers Weekly Best of Children's Books 2012
Kirkus Reviews Best of Children's Books 2012
Starred Review, School Library Journal, November 2012:
“Even after 50 years, this seminal address still has the power to move listeners, and this handsome illustrated version will be welcomed in all collections.”
Starred Review, Publishers Weekly, September 24, 2012:
“A glorious interpretation of a bedrock moment in 20th-century history.”
Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews, May 15, 2012:
“An award-winning artist captures the passion and purpose of this most notable 20th-century American speech in beautifully realized oil paintings…. A title for remembrance and for re-dedication to the dream.”