Monday, January 17, 2011

Celebrating Peace

On this day of remembrance, JACKET KNACK celebrates Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Here are some offerings of beautiful books that depict his life, his teachings, and his dreams of peace:

I love the happiness that radiates from his face in this picture. Too often, he's pictured as angry or serious. What a great reminder that he was a very loving man!

Martin's Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by Doreen Rappaport, Bryan Collier (Illustrator) (Hyperion Books for Children, 2007)

The rainbow behind the words accentuates idea of the "promised land" and the sunlight on his hands gives the feel of a new day dawning.

I've Seen the Promised Land: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by Walter Dean Myers, Leonard Jenkins (Illustrator) (HarperCollins Publishers, 2003)

Peace in the animal kingdom seem a little farfetched? It's a beautiful story and a wonderful lesson about helping others!

The Lion & the Mouse by Jerry Pinkney (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2009)

An interesting note: Jerry Pinkney is an accomplished Corretta Scott King Award winning artist who contributed to the 1997 publication I Have a Dream (Scholastic Press).

Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy continues and his words are echoed in the appeals for global peace:

by Jean Cullerton Johnson, illustrated by Sonia Lynn Sadler (Lee Low Books, 2010)

by Spike Lee and Tanya Lewis Lee, illustrated by Sean Qualls

(Simon & Shuster Children’s Book, 2011)

Fading adults into the background and the chalky circle around the giant step both highlight that children can take giant steps to change the world and be activists too.

--Submitted by Deirdre & Patti


  1. I'd just like to apologize--the many different fonts in this post were not my doing. Blogger insists on changing fonts despite my formatting to "Georgia", size: normal. Grrrr.

  2. If you use the "remove text formatting" button (which looks like a T with a red x through it) and THEN reset it to Georgia, normal, that should do the trick.

    Alternately, you could go to edit your post in HTML view and manually remove some of the pesky tags that are doubtlessly causing you trouble!

    Great post, by the way. These are some nice selections, and I liked that you included some non-MLK peace-making books too - could be a boon to librarians like me, who have all of their MLK books checked out this week.

  3. I love that you put The Lion and The Mouse on this list! I may add it to mine... I think little kids can relate to the relationship between the animals much better than they can imagine a time when the nation was so divided. Thanks for the suggestion!