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My Daddy, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Reprint Edition
Contributor(s): King, Martin Luther, III, Ford, A. G. (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0064462099     ISBN-13: 9780064462099
Publisher: Amistad Pr
    OUR PRICE: $6.30  
Product Type: Paperback
Published: January 2018

What was it like growing up as a son of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.? This picture book memoir, My Daddy, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by Martin Luther King III, provides insight into one of history’s most fascinating families and into a special bond between father and son.

“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”

Martin Luther King III was one of those four little children mentioned in Martin Luther King’s groundbreaking “I Have a Dream” speech. In this memoir, Martin Luther King Jr.’s son gives an intimate look at the man and the father behind the civil rights leader. Mr. King’s remembrances show both his warm, loving family and a momentous time in American history.

AG Ford is the illustrator of several other books for children, including the New York Times bestselling Barack. He is the recipient of an NAACP Image Award.

Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
African Americans; Civil rights; History; 20th century; Juvenile literature.
African Americans; Civil rights; History; 20th century.
African Americans; Biography.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Nonfiction | Biography & Autobiography | Social Activists
- Juvenile Nonfiction | People & Places | United States
- Juvenile Nonfiction | Social Issues | Prejudice & Racism
Dewey: 323.092
LCCN: 2012030586
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 1-2, Age 6-7
Book type: Easy Non Fiction
Physical Information: 11.00" H x 8.50" W x 0.25" (0.35 lbs)
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 163747
Reading Level: 3.7   Interest Level: Lower Grades   Point Value: 0.5
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2014 Spring)
The son of the civil rights leader recalls life with his famous father. At home "Daddy" could be jovial and playful, but young Marty grew up knowing his father's life was in constant danger. Ford's paintings imbue this straightforward account--conveyed without much depth--with emotion. This book could supplement introductory units on the heroes of the civil rights era.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2013 July #2)

"There have been a lot of books written about my father. But not a whole lot has been written about my dad," explains King, the second of four children of the civil rights leader. Personal anecdotes appear throughout this picture book biography, demonstrating how King's activism at times took a toll on his family. A trip to an amusement park is repeatedly deferred ("Finally my mother explained. We were not allowed in Funtown"), a young Martin is nervous about letting other kids know who his father is, and he's viscerally upset when his father is repeatedly arrested, consoling his older sister after being comforted by their mother. Readers get a sense of King's reputation and goals amid the family stories; in an especially powerful anecdote, King describes burning toy guns in a backyard bonfire. "Nonviolence wasn't just for marches and protests," he writes. "It was for home as well." Though occasionally somewhat posed, Ford's oil-and-acrylic paintings depict both the likenesses of the King family and the close-knit bond that saw them through many dark moments. Ages 4–8. Illustrator's agent: Steven Malk, Writers House. (Aug.)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2013 August)

K-Gr 2—King's remembrance of his father is an intimate introduction to the civil rights leader, revealing happy family moments as well as fear and personal pain amid the turbulence engulfing the nation in the 1960s. Kids will enjoy and perhaps identify with the playful interactions between "Marty" and his dad, who would put his son on top of the refrigerator and then catch him in his arms. Contrasting such warm memories are those of the King children hearing on the radio about their father's arrest and enduring bigotry at their new, integrated school. King's son is frank about the ugly clashes of the Civil Rights Movement, but he writes about them in an age-appropriate manner. The style is simple and conversational, as though the author were chatting with readers, reinforcing the personal spirit of the book. His effort to share some of the legendary leader's life as a private citizen makes his father approachable and real, a nice beginning to the relationship students will have with the influential man in their American history classes. It also provides an important firsthand account of the agony and frustration of prejudice experienced by many African American families. Ford's artwork is laudable, but in some illustrations, the heads of Dr. King and his wife are disproportionately large and oddly rendered. Overall, though, the forthrightness of Ford's palette and technique complement the text.—Alyson Low, Fayetteville Public Library, AR

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