Below is an annotated list of children's literature for the elementary classroom. The books are organized by the Six Elements of Social Justice Curriculum Design (Picower, 2007). It is based on work by pre-service teachers at Montclair State University. They have read and reviewed these books and provided insights into how they can be used in K-5 settings.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

My Princess Boy

Author: Cheryl Kilodavis
Illustrated by: Suzanne DeSimone
Grade Level: 3rd Grade

Summary: After searching for a book to use for element number one, I came across a book called "My Princess Boy" by Cheryl Kilodavis. The cover and title of the book drew me to pick up the book and skim it in the store. With all the violence against people of homosexual orientation, I think this book is ideal for the classroom.

Element 1: It draws elements of self-love and knowledge because of the princess boy. When his mother tells him "Some people don't think boys should wear dresses," he then explains to him it does not matter what you wear, he will play with anyone no matter what.

Activity: I would use this book to help out children who might feel a little different from the rest, along with other books dealing with many issues, to bring the classroom together. For an activity, I would have them work in groups of two, one boy and one girl. The boy would draw the girl the way the boy would dress and the girl would draw the boy the girl would dress. Once they are done they can write a short summary on how they feel about their new picture, and how would they react if this was their child.

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