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.

Monday, September 8, 2008

It's Our World, Too!

It's Our World, Too! (Young People Who are Making a Difference)

 It's Our World, Too!
Young People Who Are Making a Difference, How They Do It- How YOU Can, Too!
Author: Phillip Hoose


This book contains accounts of various young adults who have fought to make a difference in the workplace, to demand children’s labor rights, to promote social and cultural equality, and to raise environmental awareness. It is a guide that can help encourage young children to work for positive changes in their communities. This book also contains a handbook for children on how they, too, can become activists for a better future.

Reflection:I think it would be refreshing for students to read about how others, who are the same age as them, are changing the world into a more positive place because many of the heroes and civil rights activists they read about in textbooks are adults. Young students may be able to relate to the activists portrayed in this book and may also be inspired to make a difference themselves, especially with the advice offered in the handbook on how one can become more involved.

Sections of this book can be introduced to the class during units of study on activism (social, environmental, etc.).

Levels of Social Justice Education:I, II, III, IV, V (All Levels)

Related Book: We Were There, Too! (Teacher’s Guide)

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