My Uncle Martin's Big Heart
By Angela Farris Watkins
Illustrations by Eric Velasquez
Abrams Books for Young Readers, $18.95
What it's about: We know the extraordinary Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. as the inspirational civil rights leader and American hero who fought for equality and to share his "dream" with all of America, but his niece Angela, the narrator in this book, knew him as Uncle M.L., the loving man who was devoted to God and his family.
Why read it: Young readers will discover the story of the man behind the civil-rights movement and one of the most influential people of the 20th century. This book would make a great springboard for discussion with your children about the idea of equal rights and will help them understand why we celebrate MLK Day this week and every January.
-- Kristin Mears, Special to the Star-Telegram