Reading/Interest Level: Intermediate
Author: Al Berenger
Illustrator: Al Berenger
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
This is another wonderful entry in the Pocket Bios series. It is lengthier than other Pocket Bios, targeting a slightly older audience, but the information is presented in a clear and engaging manner which makes it fun to learn about these bastions of US history. The book follows the life of Martin Luther King Jr. and gives the major details about his personal life, his work in the civil rights movement, and his assassination. It has a neat timeline at the end of the novel that helps contextualize the content provided.
The Pocket Bios are an amazing series and this is just another one of their excellent works. It provides a beautiful overview of the life of one of the most amazing humans that has ever lived. It’s interesting to see how they explain racism and segregation in such beautiful and non-confrontational ways. The book is easily a third- to fifth- grade level, but readers of all ages can enjoy this text. The pictures are wonderful, the story is moving, and this book serves to educate the youth of our world about important people who they should know about. Can’t recommend this book enough!