It is impossible to listen to the news and not be struck by the way words are being used to cover up hateful actions and outright lies by our leaders and politicians.
Words are powerful as Martin Luther King knew. The 2002 Caldecott Honor children's picture book Martin's Big Words tells the story of how the positive words he heard from his father and from the Bible and the negative ones he heard from the racists around him inspired him to stand up for justice and civil rights.
The book by Doreen Rappaport blends Martin Luther King's biographical information and the events of the Civil Rights movement with his actual words in a way young readers can understand. A time line of his life is included. Recommended for 2nd grade and up.
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