Teaching Children's Literature

“A children's story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children's story in the slightest.” ~C.S. Lewis

My Brother Martin

My Brother Martin. Written by Christine King Farris and illustrated by Christ Soentpiet. Scholastic Inc, c. 2003.

Reading Level: 970L

SynopsisMy Brother Martin is a personal account of the childhood of Martin Luther King Jr. from the eyes of his sister Christine. Christine discusses the injustices her family experienced as African-Americans growing up in the south and how these injustices inspired her brother to change the world.

Rationale for Use: This book has detailed, colorful illustrations. It gives a very personal view of a historical legend.

Content Area Connections: History, Social Studies, Civil Rights Movement, Race

Possible Problems or Concerns: May invite a discussion of race or racism that is offensive to some. May invite a discussion regarding some violence that occurred during the Civil Rights Movement.


by Ashley Jacot


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This entry was posted on November 14, 2012 by in Picturebooks, Uncategorized.

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