Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day With Mrs. Park’s Class

Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day With Mrs. Park’s Class
Celebra el Día de Martin Luther King, Jr. con la clase de la Sra. Park



The stu­dents in Mrs. Park’s class pre­pare to cel­e­brate Mar­tin Luther King, Jr. Day and plan to cre­ate a mural in his honor. As they reflect on the val­ues he taught, the stu­dents come up with ter­rific idea for their Mar­tin Luther King Day celebration.


An overview of the Civil Rights Move­ment and the efforts of Mar­tin Luther King, Jr. to attain a socially just and equi­table soci­ety in the United States.


Each of the twenty four books in this col­lec­tion ded­i­cated to some of the most impor­tant hol­i­days and fes­tiv­i­ties cel­e­brated in the United States is the com­bi­na­tion of two books in one. The first part is an engag­ing real­is­tic fic­tion story beau­ti­fully illus­trated by a diver­sity of illus­tra­tors. The sec­ond part is a non-fiction piece that explains the his­tory and sig­nif­i­cance of the hol­i­day or cel­e­bra­tion. This sec­ond part is illus­trated with bright and unique pho­tographs that will allow chil­dren to wit­ness the celebration.

The fes­tiv­i­ties addressed include:

For more details in the series and the val­ues it presents see the series descrip­tion: Series Sto­ries to Cel­e­brate / Cuen­tos para cel­e­brar. There is also an indi­vid­ual page, like this, for each of the books in the series.

Les­son plans and ques­tions to guide the Cre­ative Read­ing Dia­logue can be found on the San­til­lanaUSA web­site: www.santillanausa.com/cuentosparacelebrar.htm


There are two CDs with the read­ings of the twelve sto­ries in Eng­lish and two CDs with the read­ings of the twelve sto­ries in Spanish.

The CDs will allow chil­dren to fol­low a pro­fes­sional read­ing aloud indi­vid­u­ally or in groups.

They can be ben­e­fi­cial to chil­dren learn­ing a sec­ond lan­guage, whether Eng­lish or Span­ish, since they will be able to read the book in their stronger lan­guage and then lis­ten to the record­ing in the sec­ond lan­guage, or vice versa.


Both Isabel Cam­poy and I have always had great admi­ra­tion for Mar­tin Luther King, Jr. as well as every­one else who strug­gled with deter­mi­na­tion and authen­tic­ity on behalf of human rights. We par­tic­u­larly appre­ci­ate the lead­ers, who inspired by Mahatma Ghandi were able to adhere to a code of non-violence. And just as we wanted to honor Dr. King with this book we have also writ­ten the biog­ra­phy of César Chávez, who also led a non-violent strug­gle on behalf of the farm work­ers. You can find it in Paths or Caminos. Read together these books can allow chil­dren to see the com­mon­al­i­ties between the dreams and efforts of these two great men.

Much has been writ­ten about the topic of diver­sity. For me per­son­ally the most def­i­nite les­son of diver­sity is given to us daily by nature. I have been say­ing for a long time, that if a vis­i­tor from another galaxy were to observe Esrth and needed one word to define it the word would have to be diver­sity. Because no mat­ter what species were to be observe they are all char­ac­ter­ized by such diver­sity: there is no one tree, but so many, poplars, birches, pines, palms, oaks, which one could be called the tree? And the same is true of flow­ers: roses, gar­de­nias, jazmín, tulips, which is the flower? Or birds, or fish, or insects… We live in a planet of diver­sity and that diver­sity is enrich­ing and deserves to be admired and celebrated.

We have pre­sented this mes­sage to the young read­ers hop­ing they will indeed be able to embrace both their own unique­ness and the diver­sity around them.

Since I am one of the two authors of this book, I can only share my side of the story. You can visit www.isabelcampoy.com to read what my co-author has to say.

Many read­ers are intrigued about how two authors col­lab­o­rate to write a book. If you share this curios­ity you may enjoy read­ing how Isabel Cam­poy explains this expe­ri­ence in the chap­ter authored by her “Writ­ing in Col­lab­o­ra­tion: One plus One is One or Two” in the book Alma Flor Ada and You, vol­ume II pub­lished by Libraries Unlimited.


This read­ing of this book can be com­ple­mented with the poem from Días y días de poesía:

Dán­donos la mano
Alma Flor Ada

Dame, tú, tu mano blanco
toma, tú, mi negra mano,
al quer­ernos y ayu­darnos
nos volver­e­mos hermanos.


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