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Martin's Big Words

Martin's Big Words

by Doreen Rappaport Illustrated by Bryan Collier
Martin Luther King, Jr., grew up in a place where people used words that made him feel bad. This beautifully illustrated, award-winning book shows how Martin used words to fight for equal rights for black people. When Martin was growing up, he saw the words "Whites Only" all over town. But he remembered the words of his mother, "You are as good as anyone."
Doreen Rappaport has taken the words of Martin Luther King, Jr. and woven in her own to create a captivating yet completely accessible book for young readers. This definitive picture book biography of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., is an unforgettable portrait of a man whose dream changed America — and the world — forever.
2002 Caldecott Honor Book
5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Interest Level
Grades K - 4
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading
Hyperion Books
Number of Pages
Biography and Autobiography

About the Author and Illustrator

Doreen Rappaport Doreen Rappaport is an author of children's books.
Bryan Collier Bryan Collier's illustrations in his newest book Martin's Big Words by Doreen Rappaport bring to life the message of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This book shows Collier's talent for mixing art mediums to create stunning illustrations that entrance the reader. Martin's Big Words has received much acclaim and was awarded the 2002 Caldecott honor as well as the 2002 Coretta Scott King Honor.

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