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Be a King: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Dream and You Hardcover – Picture Book, January 2, 2018

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"While the book is accessible as an inspiring primer on social justice and taking action, it also challenges more sophisticated readers to make connections between the art, the text, Dr. King’s life, the civil rights movement at large, and the continuing struggle to affect change. . . .This book is sure to spark discussion and empower readers of all ages." - Starred review, School Library Journal

"Thoughtful paintings of moving scenes are paired with brief, motivational reflections that evoke all the sentiment and fervor of the American civil rights movement." - Foreword Review

"The book manages to make essential lessons in civic responsibility accessible to the very young reader." - Booklist

"The historical scenes, painted in Ransome’s signature thick, saturated style, are infused with a powerful sense of narrative." - Publishers Weekly

"The use of rich, realistic paintings with pencil detailing for King’s life contrasts with the brighter, simpler drawings for the contemporary children, giving a physical reminder that his work is ongoing." - School Library Connection

"Bold, honest, informative, and unforgettable." - starred review, Kirkus Reviews on VOICE OF FREEDOM: FRANNIE LOU HAMER

"Told in the first person from Hamer’s own perspective, this lyrical text in verse emphasizes the activist’s perseverance and courage, as she let her booming voice be heard." - starred review, School Library Journal on VOICE OF FREEDOM: FRANNIE LOU HAMER

"Caldecott Honor winner Weatherford has rendered Hamer’s voice so precisely that it is like sitting at her knee as she tells her story." - starred review, Bookist on VOICE OF FREEDOM: FRANNIE LOU HAMER

"Visceral, intimate and plainly told, this story is sure to move young children." - The New York Times Book Review on WORDS SET ME FREE

"Ransome’s acrylic and oil paintings combine striking naturalism with a palette of inky greens and blues." - starred review, Publishers Weekly on WORDS SET ME FREE

About the Author

Carole Boston Weatherford is the award-winning author of more than 50 books of poetry, nonfiction, and children's literature. She resides in North Carolina where she teaches at Fayetteville State University. She is the author of three Caldecott Honor Books, including Freedom in Congo Square.
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James Ransome is the illustrator of more than forty books and the winner of numerous awards. His work is part of both public and private children's book art collections. He teaches at Syracuse University and lives in Rhinebeck, NY, with his wife, writer Lesa Cline Ransome, and their children.

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  • Publisher : Bloomsbury USA Childrens; Illustrated edition (January 2, 2018)
  • Language : English
  • Hardcover : 40 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0802723683
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0802723680
  • Reading age : 4 - 8 years
  • Lexile measure : 360L
  • Item Weight : 1.05 pounds
  • Dimensions : 8.79 x 0.38 x 11.33 inches
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not only is this book a great introduction to the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr
By Breana on February 13, 2018
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Be A King is a must read!

This picture book contains just a few lines on every page, but the message is powerful and motivational. Every page starts with the phrase “You Can be a King.”

You Can Be a King
Stamp out hatred.
Put your foot down and walk tall.

Not only is this book a great introduction to the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., but it touches on the many ways that you, as the reader, can be a king and make the world a better place from admitting that you’ve done wrong to standing up against bullies.

I loved that this book was a jumping off point for further research and discussions. I read this book to my 7-year-old daughter and after reading it, we both desired more information about Martin Luther King Jr.’s life and all he stood for.
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