Martin Luther King, Jr. - Books, Facts & Pecan Pie!

Sometimes we take certain things for granted. Like when we know there's a long weekend approaching, the focus becomes about the day off.

We welcome the break in the the intensity of life, enjoy making plans to go out, shop, see friends, get caught up with household chores or just kick back and relax with a good book.

Even though we remember the reason behind this extra day, I think sometimes we need to give it more than just a sidelong thought.

So, here at My Kidz Bookshelf we'd like to acknowledge a person that truly changed the way others thought. It takes a remarkable individual to do that and we want to make sure that we honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with this post.

If you have a young reader in your house, here are some wonderful books that do a great job of showing who Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was and what he did.

5 Books that Highlight Martin Luther King Jr.'s life, contributions and impact on the future!

1. Martin's Big Words by Doreen Rappaport and illustrated by Bryan Collier

2. I Have a Dream by Doreen Rappaport and illustrated by Bryan Collier

3. No Ordinary Sound: A Classic Featuring Melody by Denise Lewis Patrick

4. I am Martin Luther King, Jr. by Brad Meltzer and illustrated by Christopher Eliopoulos

5. The March on Washington by Bonnie Bader

Did you know...?

1. Martin Luther King, Jr. was the youngest man to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize! He was 35 when he was awarded the prize in 1964.

2. King skipped several grades in school and started college when he was only 15 years old!

3. Martin Luther King, Jr. was actually a fan of Star Trek!

King convinced Nichelle Nichols- the actress who played Uhura- to stay on the show.

She was planning on leaving the show in favor of a part on Broadway, but met Martin Luther King Jr. by chance at a fundraiser, and he convinced her of the importance of being in a lead role which was unrelated to race.

Star Trek was also the only show he allowed his children to stay up late to watch!

4. More than 730 streets in the United States are named after Martin Luther King, Jr.!

5. Martin Luther King's favorite food was Pecan Pie!

King was from the south and enjoyed many of the traditional southern dishes.

If you're in the mood to make some Pecan Pie, here is a traditional recipe to try:

This American Girl and Amazon Original Special is another way to take a look back in time and see what was happening during 1963!

Well, I hope you've enjoyed finding out a little bit more about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and we'll see you at the next post!


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