Martin Luther King Jr. played a significant role in United States history. In As Good As Anybody: Martin Luther King Jr. and Abraham Joshua Heschel’s Amazing March Towards Freedom, written by Richard Michelson, young readers will learn about his battles to change our history and Abraham Joshua Heschel’s reasons join in that fight.
This child friendly book does a superb job presenting complicated events. Students will learn how Martin Luther King Jr. and Abraham Joshua Heschel became leaders in the Civil Rights Movement.
“The time has come for action,” Martin told his congregation. “Don’t ride the buses until we can sit wherever we please.”
Use this book to discuss the Civil Rights movement, the Holocaust, civics, biographies, and diversity. Themes in this book correlate with Virginia SOLs 2.11, 3.11, VS.9c, USII.7, USII.8d and USII.9a.
Additional Resources .
- Make a Martin Luther King Jr. printable book with your students. This is the printable version for beginning readers.
- Activity: What makes a hero?
- Here is background information on Martin Luther King Jr. and Abraham Joshua Heschel.
- Link to videos on The King Center site.
- Here’s a link to Reading is Fundamental’s site on the illustrator, Raul Colon.
Book: As Good As Anybody: Martin Luther King Jr. and Abraham Joshua Heschel’s Amazing March Towards Freedom
Author: Richard Michelson
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 40 pages
Grade Range: K-5