My Uncle Martin's Big Heart

My Uncle Martin's Big Heart


Price: $15.54

  • Publication Date: December 22, 2020
  • Imprint: Abrams Books for Young Readers
  • ISBN: 9781647004477
  • Page Count: 32
  • Illustrations: 32 pages of full-color illustrations
  • Rights: North American English

A moving portrait of civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. from his niece

My Uncle Martin’s Big Heart is a story about love: love between a young girl and her uncle, and all the love she sees her uncle share—with his family members, with his church congregation, and with all people. In this inspiring narrative about Martin Luther King Jr.—told by his niece—young readers will discover the story of the man behind the civil rights hero and activist, one of the most influential figures of the twentieth century.

As Angela Farris Watkins, PhD, introduces children to her uncle, she presents them with a rare glimpse into his life at home, including special family moments. What unfolds is a story of character and service to God, family, and humankind, and of how one man’s extraordinary love changed the history of the United States and the world.

About the author

Angela Farris Watkins is the niece of Martin Luther King Jr. She is an associate professor of psychology at Spelman College and lives in Atlanta, Georgia.


Eric Velasquez is the illustrator of My Friend Maya Loves to Dance and The Other Mozart and a recipient of the Coretta Scott King–John Steptoe Award. He lives in Hartsdale, New York.