Saturday, January 5, 2013

Guest Blog Hop! Welcome Teacher Mom of Three!


 A Passion For Peace

Happy New Year from Teacher Mom of 3 !! I am so very happy to be guest blogging today at Liv To Teach as part of the linky party/blog hop hosted by Primary Possibilities!

Just a quick little something about me:  I am an elementary reading specialist with 24 years experience in the classroom- from pre-school to grade 12! However, I just began blogging last May and love, love it!!  I have three sons:  one in college, one in first grade, and one in kindergarten. Yes, there is quite the age gap- LOL. 

Since it is January, I have been thinking ahead to Dr. Martin Luther King's birthday on January 15 (celebrated on 1/21). An incredible and inspiring man, I really have a passion to share his legacy with the little ones I teach and with my own children.  Today, more than ever, our kids need to know King's history, the battle he fought, and his amazing accomplishments, all done in the name of love.  What I have for you today is a collection of picture books to use in the classroom for read-alouds and independent reading.  Also, I listed a few websites with FREE items and great ideas and information for extending your study.  Enjoy!

 Picture Books About Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement

  • I Have A Dream by Dr Martin Luther King Jr. Illustrated by Kadir Nelson
This is a picture book and audio Cd set of King's famous speech.  Nominated for Best Picture Books 2012 by Amazon.

I Have a Dream (Book & CD)


  • Martin's Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by Doreen Rappaport and illustrated by Bryan Collier

For ages 5 and up- excellent introduction to King's speech. Narrative story infused with words from King's speech 

Martin's Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  •   A Picture Book of Martin Luther King, Jr. (Picture Book Biography) by David A. Adler (Cam Jansen author!). Illustrated by Robert Casilla

For ages 6 and up. Emphasis of book is on his childhood and family.

A Picture Book of Martin Luther King, Jr. (Picture Book Biography)
  •    A Picture Book of Rosa Parks (Picture Book Biographies) by David A. Adler. Illustrated by Robert Casilla

    For ages 6 and up.  Details Park's life.

A Picture Book of Rosa Parks (Picture Book Biographies) (Picture Book Biography)
  •    If You Lived at the Time of Martin Luther King by Ellen Levine. Illustrated by Beth Peck 

    For ages 7 and up-  gives history of civil rights movement.  Answers the question, "Were children involved in the protests?"

 . . . If You Lived at the Time of Martin Luther King


  • Martin Luther King Jr. (Rookie Biographies) by Wil Mara 

    For ages 6 and up- a brief look at his lifeClick here to see the book listing on Amazon.  


  • My Uncle Martin's Big Heart by Angela Farris Watkins  Illustrated by Eric Velasque 

     For kindergarten to grade 3. A story about King's life told from the perspective of his young niece.


My Uncle Martin's Big Heart
  •   If a Bus Could Talk: The Story of Rosa Parks by Faith Ringgold 

    For ages kindergarten-grade 4  

    A story about a young girl and a bus that talks.The main character learns why Rosa Parks is "the mother" of the Civil Rights movement.


If a Bus Could Talk: The Story of Rosa Parks


  •   Happy Birthday Martin Luther King by Jean Marzoll Illustrated by  J. Brian Pin Kney

    For pre-school- grade 2.  An introduction to King's life- geared toward preschool.

Happy Birthday Martin Luther King (Scholastic Hardcover)


  • My Dream of Martin Luther King by Faith Ringgold

For ages 6 and up. Described as "innovative and stirring".

My Dream of Martin Luther King (Dragonfly Books)


  •   The Crayon Box That Talked by Shane DerolfIllustrated by Michael Letzig 

    For preschool to grade 2.  A story about diversity~ poem turned into picture book. Crayons learn that they are all unique and important to creating the main character's picture.


The Crayon Box that Talked


  Kid-Friendly Websites

1.  Fact Monster 

Facts about King's life: includes a timeline, speeches, and quotes.  Facts about civil rights and civil disobedience. Includes pictures/photographs. The reading level and quiz are appropriate for older readers- intermediate-middle school. Includes a  crossword puzzle!

2.  Kid Pix slide show 

For primary students- created by a teacher.  Gives basic facts and includes a  quiz and word searches.

3. Scholastic 

Article for older students, but also includes a slideshow and free printables.

4.  Apples For the Teacher   

Free coloring pages and activities.

5. TeacherVision 

Free coloring page with a short bio on the page.  

6.  familyeducation  

Check out this site for (5) creative ways for celebrating MLK day with children.   

  I hope these resources are helpful to you as you plan your Martin Luther King Jr. Day activities!  

Thank you to Olivia for hosting me!! I leave you with a little FREEBIE I created for MLK Day. The packet includes a bubble map for recording important facts and two pages of vocabulary cards and pictures.  Just click the pic below to grab your copy.  Enjoy!


I guest blogged for 1 2 3 Teach with me!  You can view my post here!


  1. I am going to go buy "If A Bus Could Talk" right now. That sounds like a great book. Thank you for linking up. Great post!!

  2. Thanks so much for this information! Olivia, I thought that I had been following you earlier, but I just realized that I wasn't. So, I have taken care of that :) By the way, I just love your excel sheet for TpT data. I have a "Blogs of Inspiration" page on my blog and would love you to join it.
    Happy Teaching,
    TIPS: Teach, Inspire, and Prepare Students

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