Books to Help Young People Learn About Civil Rights and MLK Day

Celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with books that help young people learn about the Civil Rights Movement and Dr. King’s role in it.

Here are 11 books with links to reviews by Common Sense Media, a nonprofit youth advocacy group that recommends and reviews books, movies and more for teachers and parents.

Rosa, by Nikki Giovanni
I Have a Dream, by Kadir Nelson
Malcolm X: A Fire Burning Brightly, by Walter Dean Myers
The Watsons Go to Birmingham–1963, by Christopher Paul Curtis
Hand in Hand: Ten Black Men Who Changed America, by Andrea Davis Pinkney
The Lions of Little Rock, by Kristin Levine
I Have a Dream, by Martin Luther King
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, by Mildred D. Taylor
One Crazy Summer, by Rita Williams-Garcia
March: Book 1, by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin
Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice, by Phillip M. Hoose