As parents, the phrase "Use your words" will sound familiar. But using your words takes on a whole new meaning when we teach children about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the powerful words he spoke, even in the face of adversity and hate. Learning about MLK through children's books is an effective way to connect the man, and history, to contemporary events, feelings, and actions. Not only will this benefit our kids, is a reminder to us as mothers and caregivers that though there has been progress, there is still much work to be done

From board books for babies (because you are never too young to learn about equal rights) to chapter book biographies, these 13 Martin Luther King Jr. books for kids belong in every child's library, school, and bookshelf. Read them, share them, and read them again—not only on the official day we honor Dr. King but every day.