Martin’s Dream Day – Kitty Kelley, Author, Stanley Tretick, Photographer

     Martin’s Dream Day – Kitty Kelley, Author, Stanley Tretick, Photographer; Atheneum Books for Young Readers; 9781481467667; 2017

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4

What did you like about the book?  Stanley Tretick captures amazing visual “seconds” in photography, that help focus young readers to experience the setting, and the people who attended Martin’s famous speech at the Lincoln Memorial on August 28, 1963. Kitty Kelley’s precise narrative and quotes couple and weave “years” of the historical significance of the march, the national and world outreach of the civil rights movement, and its process, struggles and victory. Kitty Kelley’s combination mirrors the very personal feel of a visual oral history with a living history lesson. The book is a treasure that encourages all young people to reflect on the significance of Martin’s dream and to strive to reflect his vision for all groups going forward.

Anything you didn’t like about it? No

To whom would you recommend this book?  Elementary school and public librarians, parents that strive to teach children “that all are created equal” by examining the past, and living Martin’s dream into the future. 

Who should buy this book? Public and school librarians, for readers of all ages. 

Where would you shelve it?  Biography

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State:Diane Neylon, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA 

Date of review: March 14, 2017

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