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I Have a Dream

4.44 of 5 stars 4.44  ·  rating details  ·  1,070 ratings  ·  207 reviews
A Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Book

From Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s daughter, Dr. Bernice A. King: “My father’s dream continues to live on from generation to generation, and this beautiful and powerful illustrated edition of his world-changing "I Have a Dream" speech brings his inspiring message of freedom, equality, and peace to the youngest among us—those who w
ebook, 40 pages
Published October 9th 2012 by Schwartz & Wade (first published August 24th 1973)
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Joselito Honestly and Brilliantly
Until I've read this speech in its entirety I didn't know that before the mesmerizing I Have a Dream I Have a Dream and Let Freedom Ring Let Freedom Ring passages here Martin Luther King Jr. had used some similes, likening the Negro then to someone cashing a check, or collecting a debt under a promissory note which is the American constitution.

This is also perhaps where President Obama patterned his Yes We Can Yes We Can inaugural speech.

There is, indeed, a strong emotional pull on speeches tha
His words, taken on their own, give me chills and bring tears to my eyes. But seeing Dr. King's beloved speech coupled with the beautiful paintings of Kadir Nelson is absolutely breathtaking. A must have for every classroom, school library, and personal collection.
Jim Erekson
Nelson took on an ambitious project, and made some fine choices. The cinematic techniques are what strikes me most. As I read I moved back and forth between establishing wide shots, medium range shots, and close-ups. Some of the close ups and wide shots are extreme. The cover and the pages with the line "From every mountainside, let freedom ring!" are extreme close ups. Extreme close up has two effects visually. 1. It magnifies the value and intensity of the person being represented (obvous), an ...more
Alex Baugh
*This review was written on January 21, 2013, which is both MLK Day and Inauguration Day*

Today is Martin Luther King, Jr Day in the United States and what better way to pay tribute to him than to remember his life and his words. And in Kadir Nelson's stunning book I Have A Dream, you can do that.

I got chills down my back when I first read this beautiful book, the same kind of chills I get whenever I hear Dr. King's moving speech. Now, highlighting the last part of the speech, the dream excerpt,
The power of Martin Luther King’s words meet the beauty of Nelson’s art in this luminous picture book. Using lines pulled directly from the latter part of King’s famous I Have a Dream speech, Nelson shows young readers how history was made that day. From King himself standing before the Lincoln Memorial to the seas of people listening, people of all colors standing side-by-side. Kadir moves back and forth between capturing the magnificence of King and his speech to images of what the world being ...more
Emily Hynes
There could be no better pairing than the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the illustrations of Kadir Nelson. The forty page picture book comes with a CD of King's famous "I have a dream" speech from 1963, allowing the reader to hear the prosody with which he spoke, that drew in so many listeners from that point forward.

The illustrations equal the intensity of the speech/text, with dramatic angles and lighting of realistic paintings that place you into that moment in 1963. Some pages il
Every page in this gorgeously illustrated book evokes the memory of Dr. King and the power of his words and speech to inspire others to work toward change. The entire "I Have a Dream" speech is in the back of the book, and the oil illustrations accompany excerpts from that speech given in August 1963. Several of the pages made me well up emotionally at how far we've come and how far we have to go. I loved the two pages with two hands, one white, one black, clasped in friendship and imagined the ...more
Alyssa Roberts
In this book, Martin Luther King's famous I Have a Dream speech is illustrated by 14 African American illustrators. Each illustration is pleasing to the eye and skillfully illustrates the main points of Dr. King's speech. Every illustration is remarkable and inspirational. I think Dr. King's speech is enhanced by the artwork this book. The pictures contain a variety of artistic styles and techniques. This book would be a great way to introduce students to Martin Luther King. Although as a teach ...more
Sofia Davis
This picture book I Have a Dream by Martin Luther King Jr. is about the “I have a Dream” speech given by Martin Luther King on August 28th 1963 on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial during the march on Washington. This speech is recognized as one of the most powerful and memorable speeches given in America’s history. In this speech, Dr.King preached about his dream to see his generation, and all generations from then on to support human civil rights and to overcome the racism and hate that all pe ...more
Really enjoyed this book! I have never really read the whole Martin Luther King Jr. speech but I knew of it and what it was about from my own dad who loved it. When I was in school my dad was the principal of the small Christian school that I went to and every year my mom would have him a picture or saying framed for him to hang and this speech was one of his all time favorites. After reading it I feel bad that I waited until I was 30 years old to do so because it is a very powerful and meaningf ...more
Irina Ryabyy
I have a dream by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, Illustrated by Kadir Nelson is truly an incredible book. It is a picture book version of Dr. King’s speech in print. It is based on the August 28, 1963 speech, which Martin Luther King Jr., stood before the nation and gave one of the most powerful and memorable speeches in our history. He called for freedom and equality for all people, no matter the race or gender. This book, a Cadecott Honor winner, contains great pictures that add on to the meaning ...more
Brenda Kahn
I put off reading this one until today. Honestly, I get lost in Kadir Nelson's work. It's luminous and powerful and the perfect complement to one of the most luminous and powerful speeches of the 20th century. I never get tired of reading/ hearing that speech and I never tire of viewing Nelson's art. A must purchase for all school libraries. You may think you have enough MLK books; but you don't. Your collection is not complete without this one.
Madison Snow
I Have A Dream by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and illustrated by Kadir Nealson is a wonderful, true representation of King's I Have A Dream speech. The cover and illustrations are phenomenal and so realistic. The cover show King looking out in the distance with a determined look on his face. This image really sets the tone for the book. Throughout the book the images go along with the text from parts of his speech. The images show children, men and women, and many closeups facial features. Images ...more
Kierstyn Stanley
This book captures a moment in history that nobody will forget. This was the start of a new America. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. made the "I Have a Dream" speech at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. This book is the speech that Dr. King told on that day with beautiful illustrations.

This is one book that I would use every year in my classroom. The illustrations are beautiful and will move you to tears as you read the book. In school, we also would listen to the audio cd which is just as pow
Everyone learns who Martin Luther King Jr. is in school, everyone hears about the famous "I Have a Dream" speech in elementary school, I even listened to it when I was in Elementary School. And I learned more about Dr Martin Luther King Jr. throughout my academic career, reading other things he wrote while I was in High School. I like this book because it adds more to the speech, without actually adding any words. By adding the painted illustrations, the reader is given a new look into the iconi ...more
Sophie Gray
This book withholds the speech that was given by Martin Luther King Jr. This certain speech is significant to people around the world, as it was the biggest movement in African American history. This speech is one that children should be exposed to at a young age and understand the purpose and significance of the speech. This would create a understanding of equality in race as well as realizing what black people back in the time of history went through. Martin Luther King Jr. is a man of high po ...more
I will admit that my eyes filled with tears before I opened this book. Kadir Nelson creates a stunning accompaniment to King's famous speech. Beautiful images, some taken from historic photographs, bring renewed life to King's message. Includes the entire speech in the back and an audio recording.

The perfect gift book.
Cameron Devaughn
This is an impressive picture book reflecting the powerful speech Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. gave at the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington back in 1963. This is a powerful moment in the history of America’s equality. This book would be appropriate to read to students during the month of February for Black History month. The subject of freedom and equality for all is still relevant today. This book provides young readers an important introduction into out nations past. “I have a dream” ...more
Jackie Douthat
I first saw this book in a kindergarten placement and fell in love with it. The pictures are beautiful and go so well with the speech, I got goosebumps when I read it. This book is beautiful and would be a great asset to teach about Martin Luther King Jr. and the American Civil Rights Movement.
I cannot overstate how gorgeous the art in this book is. With extreme closeups and stunning colors, this is an excellent kid-friendly distillation of MLK's I Have a Dream speech. Full text of the speech is included, as is an audio CD of the full speech.
Green Bean
It’s been awhile since I read his famous “I Have a Dream” speech in its entirety. It’s as moving and powerful now as ever before. This book with Kadir Nelson’s lush illustrations is a great example of how picture books are sometimes works of art.
i bought this book because i teach this every year. it comes with the original audio recording on CD which i immediately listened to with my daughters.

the illustrations are beautiful.

a wonderful tribute to a phenomenal speech.
Feb 17, 2014 Dolly rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
Gorgeously illustrated by Kadir Nelson, this book offers a shortened version of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s famous speech from the 28 August 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, "I Have a Dream". The entirety of the speech is also included in the back of the book, and even more wonderful, an audio version of the speech is included on an audio CD. Together, these provide an excellent tool for parents and teachers to share the vision of this great man. We really enjoyed reading this boo ...more
Cari Williams
I enjoyed the I Have a Dream book because growing up I learned about Martin Luther King Jr. and we were read this speech. This speech is famous and I think it is important for students to hear it because it is a part of history. I thought the book could be a little more interactive but overall I loved the pictures and how the book was laid out with them. This book would probably be enjoyed by children because of the pictures but you will have to be sure to be talking them through the whole book ...more
This picture book is one of the most beautiful picture books we've read. Martin Luther King Jr.'s speech is, of course, beautiful and powerful. I'm so happy the book includes a digital copy of the speech and all of the speech text in the back of the book. The you combine those inspiring words with these AMAZING illustrations. The illustrator has an incredible gift for capturing intense, expressive, *real* emotion. The angles and images he chose to illustrate fit this just perfectly.

As an adult,
Melissa McMaster
I Have a Dream is about exactly what it sounds like it is about, Martin Luther King Jr’s famous speech. But the book isn’t really about the speech; the book consists of the speech itself. I loved the lifelike illustrations that accompanied the text, and some pages, like the two hands holding each other, even though they were of different colors, were very touching. I really enjoyed this book, because even though Dr. King’s speech is extremely famous, many people only know certain parts of the sp ...more
Maya Benberry
This is a great picture book and classroom tool to help teach and show what Martin Luther King meant with his I Have A Dream speech. The illustrations throughout the book give you vivid knowledge on what he envisioned the future and his dream to be like. I also like how in the back of the book the author includes the "I Have A Dream" speech in its entirety. Also along with the book comes a CD allowing the listeners to actually hear the speech from Dr. King himself. I love listening to his speech ...more
Victoria Long
This book is truly amazing and inspiring. It includes Dr. Martin Luther King Jr's entire I have a dream speech. It pairs this with a variety of beautiful illustrations. Each image is paired with a different portion of the famous speech. Each illustration has a unique style different from the next and representing different cultures. The cover presents this book perfectly, both symbolizing a revolutionary idea. This is such a great idea and it is perfect for kids to learn about civil rights. Not ...more
Briana Nelson
This story was incredible because it is an illustrated version of Dr King's "I have a dream" Speech.. The illustrations were also outstanding. The images were so vivid and real; I felt like I was present during that time. This books deserved the award it received. This story told the story of Martin Luther King in a way that no other book or movie has done before. The fact that this was even a children's book speaks volumes because this a powerful message that kids will be reading about. I canno ...more
Carly Stein
Quick Review:

Cover: Very Nice
Rating: 5 out of 5
Characters: VERY inspiring
Authors Writing: Beautiful
Page Turner?: YES
Series Continue?: hah, no
Recommend? Definitely
Favorite Character? Martin Luther King Jr.


Very inspiring, I read the speech before the picture book OH ME GOSHHH THE SPEECH!!

Too inspiring to explain, I definitely recommend reading through his speech then, hunting through this extraordinary picture book with the writing and the pictures AHHHHH *screaming*
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Martin Luther King, Jr. was one of the pivotal leaders of the American civil rights movement. King was a Baptist minister, one of the few leadership roles available to black men at the time. He became a civil rights activist early in his career. He led the Montgomery Bus Boycott (1955–1956) and helped found the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (1957), serving as its first president. His ef ...more
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