Title: Patrick: Patron Saint of Ireland
Author: Tomie dePaola
Age Category: 6 to 8 years
Genre: Picture books
If you are looking for a story for children about Saint Patrick to help explain the significance of St. Patrick’s Day to 6-to-8-year-olds, Patrick: Patron Saint of Ireland is a great one. This children’s book is a brief, charming biography of St. Patrick, with the added bonus of several interesting legends about Patrick appended after the strictly biographical part.
Story for Children about Saint Patrick: Summary
As dePaola tells it, Patrick grew up in Britain near the Irish Sea during the late 4th- and early 5th-century CE, in the twilight of the Western Roman Empire. One night warriors from Ireland landed on the shores near his home, raided local farms, and took many people into captivity, including the teenage Patrick. Patrick was sold into slavery, and was forced to Continue reading
Title: I Have A Dream
Author: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Foreword: Coretta Scott King
Age Category: 9 to 12 years +
Genre: Picture Books
Our Rating (out of 5):
This post is a review of the second of two books I recommend for Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Click here for “Children’s Books for Martin Luther King Jr. Day: Martin’s Big Words“, my review of the first book.
I Have a Dream Speech: Martin Luther King Jr.
The idea behind this children’s book is simple: publish the text of Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech—delivered in the 1963 March on Washington—accompanied by illustrations by fifteen African-American artists whose work has featured in children’s books that have received the Coretta Scott King Award or Honor. The result is a moving and beautiful remembrance of this historic moment in the American story, a worthy tribute to the visionary Dr. King who delivered the speech, and a powerful call to renew the work of forgiveness, justice, and love that Dr. King pushed forward so forcefully in his day.
Two things will draw young readers to I Have A Dream. At the top of the list, of course, is the power of Dr. King’s words. At least three things moved me in re-reading these amazing words. First, King’s laser focus on Continue reading