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Be a King: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Dream for You by Carole Boston Weatherford; Illustrated by James E. Ransome
(Bloomsbury ~ January 2, 2018)
Be A King, by Carole Boston Weatherford, is a perfect book to discuss such powerful topics as peace and equality that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. worked for. This would be a wonderful book for a school library. The illustrations, by James E. Ransome, are beautiful as if they are individual paintings.
I loved the repetition of ‘You can be a King’ on each page. My kids were saying it together by the end. Weatherford does a great job of bringing these historical events into relatable, daily actions. The vocabulary is strong which makes it a great book for a higher conversation with older children as well.
The back cover asks you, ‘How will you be a king?’ which lead to our after-reading activity. We chose ‘star people’ in our lives to make a star badge for. Each star says a kind statement that we wish to share with that person.
I recommend this book and hope for peaceful days in our world!
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