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Books & Activities for Teaching – Martin Luther King Jr Day

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Martin Luther King Jr Day is coming up soon and I’m interested in Martin Luther King Jr Day activities to help teach my kids the historical importance of this important day. Multi-age Martin Luther King Jr Day Activities & books for teaching your children about the historical importance of MLK Jr.

Books & Activities for Teaching Martin Luther King Jr Day

Here are a few resources I found that I think all of my my kids will enjoy (obviously, not all activities are for all kids). I’ve got four kids and a variety of ability – my sixth grader is reading on a college level. My fourth grader is a reluctant reader who reads on grade level. My second grader can read with guidance, and my 5-year-old likes to listen and create. To properly challenge all of my kids, I have to put together quite a varied list of Martin Luther King Jr Day activities and books so that each of them will have an educational experience, regardless of ability.

Books on Martin Luther King Jr 

Multi-age children's books about Martin Luther King Jr

I checked these books out from the library and plan to read some of them out loud and have my  kids read others themselves. We have been completing weekly book reports so I’ll most likely have them write and draw about a book that’s at their reading ability.

  1. My Life with Martin Luther King Jr. by Coretta Scott King (grade 7+)
  2. I See the Promised Land by Arthur Flowers (grade 6+)
  3. DK Readers L4 Free at Last! by Angela Bull
  4. National Geographic Kids L3 Martin Luther King, Jr by Kitson Jazynka
  5. Ruby Bridges Goes to School L2 by Ruby Bridges
  6. My First Biography Martin Luther King, Jr. by Marion Dane Bauer
  7. Freedom on the Menu by Carole Boston Weatherford
  8. A Picture Book of Rosa Parks by David A. Adler
  9. A Picture Book of Martin Luther King, Jr. by David A. Adler
  10. If a Bus Could Talk by Faith Ringgold

Art activity for teaching about MLK Jr.

Martin Luther King Jr Day Activities

I like these links to activities for writing, math, and art activities with a focus Martin Luther King Jr.

Martin Luther King Jr History

Lest you feel left out, here are a couple of activities for grownups on MLK history! 😀

  1. Test your knowledge about Martin Luther King Jr with this quiz from the Seattle Times. I’m embarrassed by how poorly I did.
  2. Link to MLK Jr’s article, Letter from a Birmingham Jail – something every older student (high school age) should read and discuss. I used to teach this article in my college level Composition I classes when we used the book 100 Great Essays edited by Robert DiYanni. I highly recommend this book if you’re looking for classic essays to read yourself.

What’s your favorite activity for Martin Luther King Jr. Day?



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About Michelle

Michelle Marine is green living enthusiast and rural Iowa mom of four. An avid traveler, Michelle has lived on three different continents and has driven all four kids across the entire USA (by herself!). She loves sharing farm-to-table recipes, their family travel adventures, and gardening and homesteading tips on her popular lifestyle blog, SimplifyLiveLove.com.


  1. blankRhona Kurka says

    Der Michelle,
    I am a native Scot living in Austria and love following your posts.
    Our family language is English.As the children go to German/Austrian daycare,I try to teach the older ones reading English reading at home.Thats another reason why I love reading about your life and all the book tips.
    Do you follow a special homeschooling plan?
    I look forward to hearimg from you.
    Have a lovely day!
    Love Form,

    • blankMichelle Marine says

      Hi Rhona! Lucky you to live in Austria. We were there this summer and I love visiting Europe. I grew up bilingual German/English too and appreciate that your kids get that experience. I have a pretty eclectic homeschooling plan. I’ve shared the books I used for our first grade curriculum several years ago, but it’s a bit different now. We mostly concentrate on reading and reading comprehension, teach Singapore math, and Spelling Workout series using Modern Curriculum Press books. Here’s a link to the first grade curriculum we used a couple years ago: https://simplifylivelove.com/our-eclectic-1st-grade-curriculum/

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