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Martin Luther King, Jr.

Publication Information:
Washington, D.C. : National Geographic, ©2012.
Physical Description:
48 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm.
General Note:
Includes index.
Who was Martin Luther King, Jr.? -- Courage -- Growing up -- In his time -- A way with words -- A student of peace -- Helping others -- 8 Awesome facts about Dr. King -- Dr. King's dream -- His final years -- A memorial to peace -- Be a quiz whiz!
Reading Level:
630 L Lexile
Added Corporate Author:
Introduces the life and legacy of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


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The most effective method used to influence children to read is to incorporate the information that interests them the most. National Geographic Readers are educational, high-interest, and comprehensive for children. In this title, readers will learn about the fascinating life and legacy civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

In this level three biography, difficult concepts are made understandable and transitioned into a more approachable manner. This includes the use of sidebars, timetables, diagrams and fun facts to hold the interest of the young reader. The colorful design and educational illustrations round out this text as an exemplary book for their young minds to explore.

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Author Notes

KITSON JAZYNKA is an award-winning freelance writer and children's author. Her work appeals regularly in National Geographic Kids, American Girl, and Young Rider magazines, as well as the Washington Post's KidsPost. In 2011, she worked with the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial Foundation to write a book called The Making of the Memorial, a history of the creation of the memorial to Dr. King on the National Mall. Kitson also contributes to national equestrian and dog magazines including, Dog Fancy, Horse Illustrated, and Dressage Today. Her picture book, Carrot In My Pocket, was published in 2001. She currently lives with her family in Washington, DC. The author lives in Washington, DC.

Reviews 2

Horn Book Review

These easy-reader biographies cover major life events: birth, schooling, and adult accomplishments. Lincoln is geared toward newly independent readers; King provides more detail for confident readers. In both, simple sentences and vocabulary along with plenty of text boxes, photos, and archival images make for an energetic if busy design. King includes an index. Timeline. Glos. (c) Copyright 2013. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Booklist Review

This Level 3 reader begins with just the right question for the intended audience: Who was Martin Luther King, Jr.? Then, young readers are asked to imagine living in a time when black and white children couldn't swim in the same pools or attend the same schools. In nine sections (not numbered), the book, in bright visuals and engaging text, offers up information about Dr. King's childhood, his studies, and, of course, his work on behalf of equal rights. There are 8 Awesome Facts about Dr. King, including this impressive stat: he gave 2,500 speeches during the last 11 years of his life. The large typeface and varied sentence structure is ideal for emergent readers, and the text is broken up frequently by stirring period photos, words to know, and a time line. A concluding quiz tests comprehension, and a pictorial glossary will help reinforce vocabulary. A graphically engaging introduction to a visionary who, luckily, left us his words to remember him by. This also offers kids the opportunity to become a Super Reader via an online rewards program.--Kelley, Ann Copyright 2010 Booklist

Table of Contents

Who Was Martin Luther King, Jr.?p. 4
Growing Upp. 8
In His Timep. 14
A Way With Wordsp. 16
A Student of Peacep. 20
Helping Othersp. 24
8 Awesome Facts About Dr. Kingp. 32
Dr. King's Dreamp. 34
His Final Yearsp. 38
A Memorial to Peacep. 42
Be a Quiz Whiz!p. 44
Glossaryp. 46
Indexp. 48
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