Bailey Ondricek


Outstanding, Primary, Intermediate, Young Adult, Martin Luther King Jr., Civil Rights Movement, Poetry, Motivational Poetry, picture book, biography, MLK, civil rights, black history

Document Type

Book Review


In the author’s own words, Martin Rising is intended as “a requiem to honor Martin.” This substantial picture book is a beautiful marriage of swirling, dreamlike images and expressive poetry. As a biography of Martin Luther King Junior’s life, the text begins with Martin’s birth and childhood and chronicles his life leading up to his assassination, especially highlighting his key contributions in the civil rights movement. Henny Penny is an omniscient metaphor throughout that provides wisdom and foreshadowing to the reader. In the last few pages, notes from the author and artist are provided along with period photographs, timeline, and references.