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Sundays with Gage – Martin Luther King Jr.

One of the picture books in Gage’s Christmas advent tree was Martin’s Big Words:The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. written by Doreen Rappaport and illustrated by Bryan Collier.  It is a gorgeous book, this picture of the cover doesn’t do it justice.  It’s oversized and has won many well-deserved awards.

Jason read the book to Gage (now 6-still can’t believe it) first and I remember Gage asking a lot of questions about him getting killed at the end.  Not a lot of books prepare a child for this sort of ending.

The second time I sat down to read it with him a few days ago and before we even sat down he was telling me how King did good things. I told him yes, Martin Luther King changed the world (something we talk about often with different people) and even before I got the book opened he asked me, “How old was he when he knew?”  “Knew what?” “That he wanted to change the world.”  My heart melted.  It is never too early to talk to kids about grand ideas or big dreams!  We find out in the book that the seeds were planted when he was Gage’s age.

A beautiful book and starting place for young kids to learn about a civil rights icon.  It led to great questions and a real interest to learn more.  For both of us.

Martin's Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr  img_9740

January 15, 2017 - Posted by | Gage, Kids Books


  1. I loved that book too, and what an amazing question Gage asked!

    Comment by rhapsodyinbooks | January 15, 2017 | Reply

  2. I love books that really and truly engage kids like that.

    Comment by BermudaOnion | January 15, 2017 | Reply

  3. What a great book to get aid in talking to kids about history.

    Comment by Nise' (Under the Boardwalk) | January 15, 2017 | Reply

  4. I love Gage’s questions!

    Comment by Mary | January 16, 2017 | Reply

  5. […] the discussion about race was harder to discuss in this book than in the Martin Luther King Jr. book a few weeks ago. It is essentially about kids, like Gage, being told they didn’t have a […]

    Pingback by Sundays with Gage – Steamboat School « Stacy's Books | February 5, 2017 | Reply

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