As Good As Anybody

Richard Michelson and illustrated by Raúl Colón

“You are just as good as anybody.”

Screen Shot 2019-01-06 at 7.45.06 PM.pngOne of my favorite Martin Luther King Jr. reads is a children’s picture book called As Good As Anybody. A co-worker recommended this read to me and I am forever grateful. This read is aimed at young children, but the message is powerful and is great for older readers as well. If you are looking for an inspirational picture to read, look no further than As Good As Anybody.

As Good As Anybody is not only about Martin Luther King Jr.’s life and civil rights but also Abraham Joshua Heschel, Jewish persecution, and Abraham Joshua Heschel work with MLK Jr..

The coolest thing about this book is that Martin and Heschel’s childhood stories are refelctions of each other’s. The story ends with a message of friendship, love, and equality for all.

The illustrations are somewhat fuzzy and in soft colors. It did not take away from the story, almost making it feel as if I was looking back in time. My favorite picture is the front cover, which is based on a real photo.

As we age as readers we often forget to look back at the gems hidden in children’s lit. There are lots of picture books and early reader chapter books that are valuable and enjoyable reads.

Martin Luther King Jr., left, and Abraham Joshua Heschel, right, during Selma march in 1965. Courtesy of Susannah Heschel

If you want to read more about Abraham Heschel check out these links:

Abraham Joshua Hercel 

Two Friends, Two Prophets

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Have you read As Good As Anybody? Do you have a favorite MLK Jr. or civil rights read?


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