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DK Life Stories: Martin Luther King Jr.
By (author): Laurie Calkhoven Illustrated by: Charlotte Ager
9781465474353 Paperback, Trade English Juvenile: Age (years) from 8 - 12, Grade (US) from 3 - 7 JUVENILE NONFICTION / Biography & Autobiography / Historical Jan 08, 2019
$7.99 CAD
Active 5.25 x 7.62 x 0.36 in 128 pages DK DK Children
In this kids’ biography, discover the amazing story of Martin Luther King Jr., whose powerful words and dreams for the future inspired the world.

Martin Luther King Jr. will always be remembered for his famous “I have a dream” speech, which he gave during the March on Washington in 1963. But his life before and after that big event, and his other enormous contributions to the Civil Rights Movement in the United States, largely go unspoken. In this biography for kids ages 8-12, learn all about MLK—from his early family life and experiences in education, to his untimely death and the worldwide mourning and riots that followed.

DK Life Stories go beyond the basic facts to tell the true life stories of history’s most interesting people. Full-color photographs and hand-drawn illustrations complement thoughtfully written, age-appropriate text to create an engaging book children will enjoy reading. Definition boxes, information sidebars, fun facts, maps, inspiring quotes, and other nonfiction text features add depth, and a handy reference section at the back makes this series perfect for school reports and projects. Each book also includes an author’s introduction letter, a glossary, and an index.

Carefully designed features, such as definition boxes, quotes, maps, illustrations, and more, complement the engaging narrative text.

Authors have been carefully chosen for each book to ensure voice and tone are exactly right.

DK’s original biography series remains beloved in the US. This new series takes inspiration from the older one, but with new text, new images, and a fresh, modern styling for today’s young readers.

The story is the driver here. Follow Martin’s tale chapter by chapter as the author unveils not just the facts, but also what Martin was thinking and feeling - when appropriate, in his own words.

Full-page quotes and photo galleries scattered throughout the book keep the momentum going, helping reluctant readers along as they navigate this chaptered book.

Author Laurie Calkhoven lives in New York City. She is the author of many books, including George Washington: An American Life and Harriet Tubman: Leading the Way to Freedom. She also also written books on Misty Copeland, Mae Jemison, Jesse Owens, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and others. Laurie has always been fascinated by history, and especially by the ordinary people who got caught up in extraordinary moments in history. She likes the small moments and bizarre facts that mostly get left out by the serious history books—like whether or not a broken egg kept the American Revolution on track, and how putting your hands in your pockets and jiggling change could lead to an arrest in Nazi-occupied France.

Subject consultant Kyair Butts is an educator in Baltimore City, Maryland, with a focus on social justice, advocacy, and literacy. He is also the former Assistant Director of Urban Teachers Baltimore. Kyair is from Des Moines, Iowa.

Literacy consultant Stephanie Laird is an instructional coach at Mitchellville Elementary in Mitchellville, Iowa, and is currently serving on the International Literacy Association’s (ILA) Board of Directors through 2019. She was the 2014 recipient of the ILA Technology and Literacy Award. Stephanie is the President-Elect of the Iowa Reading Association and was the 2017 Conference Chair of the Iowa Reading Association’s annual conference. Along with being an ambassador and advocate for education, literacy, and teacher leadership across her state, Stephanie was a member of ILA’s Literacy, eLearning, Communication, and Culture Committee and has contributed to the International Literacy Day Activity Kit, Literacy Daily, and ReadWriteThink.

Author Residence: New York City

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