What is the best way to explain MLK's role to a young child?

A great way to teach children about Martin Luther King is to read them books about him. When choosing a book, be sure to read through it carefully to ensure that the story is age-appropriate for you child. “Martin’s Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.” by Doreen Rappaport is a wonderful introduction to who Martin Luther King was and what the civil rights movement was all about. “My Brother Martin: A Sister Remembers Growing Up With Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.” is written by Martin Luther King’s sister, Christine King Farris, and sheds some light on the experiences and influences that shaped Martin Luther King and made him such an influential leader. After reading the books, talk to your child about dreams and goals, and ask your child about a goal that they would like to work towards.

Jennie Ito, Ph.D.

Child Development Expert

Jennie Ito is a mother of two and a child development consultant who specializes in children’s play and toys. Before becoming a consultant for LeapFrog, she was an intern at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC, and later worked as a content expert for the Association of Children’s Museum’s “Playing for Keeps” Play Initiative. Jennie earned her doctorate degree in developmental psychology at Queen’s University in Ontario, Canada.