Sooo, if you watched "Hey Jimmy Kimmel! I Told My Kids the 2016 Election Results", there's no doubt that kids were impacted by the past election.  Our kids witnessed the most divisive political contest in US history, which seemed to boil down to:  good vs bad; greed vs generosity; and freedom vs fascism.

This might be the most important year to celebrate the birth of Martin Luther King, Jr. -  to commemorate and celebrate that Americans hold civil rights, freedom and the pursuit to happiness dearest despite our human flaws and faults.  Recently, my 7-year old daughter learned that there was government sanctioned discrimination against Black people simply because of the color of their skin.  She remarked, "That's silly!  We have different hair color, different noses, some people are short and some people are tall."  Trying to envision drinking fountains with signs that read, TALL PEOPLE ONLY, she resolved, "Just because you look different, you shouldn't be treated differently."  Out of the mouth of babes!  So, it's time to get back to basics and affirm and reclaim who we truly are.

(Illustration: Kadir Nelson)

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Read and Discuss The Sneetches by Dr. Seuss

I’m quite happy to say
That the Sneetches got really quite smart on that day,

The day they decided that Sneetches are Sneetches

And no kind of Sneetch is the best on the beaches

That day, all the Sneetches forgot about stars

And whether they had one, or not, upon thars.


Enjoy Martin Luther King's Speech with illustrations by Kadir Nelson.

Dr. Bernice 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."

Celebrate Freedom & Equality

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