Martin's Dream Day

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Atheneum Books for Young Readers
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11.2 X 0.6 X 10.1 inches | 1.2 pounds

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About the Author

Kitty Kelley is an internationally acclaimed writer whose bestselling biographies focus on some of the most influential and powerful personalities of the last fifty years. Kelley's last five biographies have been #1 New York Times bestsellers. Kelley lives in Washington, DC, and you can visit her online at

Stanley Tretick (1921-1999) was one of the preeminent photojournalists of his era. Trained as a photographer in the Marine Corps during World War II, Tretick's first civilian job was covering Congress for United Press International. He later covered John F. Kennedy's 1960 presidential campaign and then worked for Look magazine covering President Kennedy and his family in the White House. Tretick received special credentials to cover the March on Washington, which led to the historic photos published in Martin's Dream Day.


"The author of numerous celebrity biographies, Kelley ventures into children's books with this photographic account of the 1963 March on Washington and Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech. The mostly black-and-white photos--many of which were published for the first time in Kelley and the late Tretick's Let Freedom Ring (2013)--include dense crowd scenes that give a strong sense of the scale of the march, as well as close-up images of a passionate King, civil rights activists, and a meeting between King and President Kennedy.... Kelley succinctly guides readers through highlights of the civil rights movement leading up to and following King's speech.... Tretick's singular photographs deliver a striking perspective on a momentous event in the ongoing quest for equality in America."--Publishers Weekly, October 2016
"The text provides historical context and repeatedly describes the number of people who came to the Washington Mall, but the period black-and-white photos truly capture the sheer masses, from perspiring figures in suits and ties to those dangling their feet in the reflecting pond.... This is a refreshing way to look at an iconic event from American history and should have broad appeal."--Booklist, November 2016
"This photographic journey chronicles the March on Washington and Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech. Tretick's photos, many of which were taken during the actual march, are a display of the expression and energy of the event and the people who attended.... A powerful addition to school libraries for read-alouds and discussions on U.S. history and the civil rights movement."--School Library Journal, December 2016