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.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013


Author: Peter Spier
Illustrator: Peter Spier
Grade Level: K-5

Summary: The book People by Peter Spier helps explain difference between people by starting with physical attributes than moving more towards cultures, countries, activities, etc. 

Element 2: This book fits into Element 2 because it will help students to build a respect and understanding for differences. They will be able to relate as well as learn the core meaning of diversity.  

Activity: In a classroom, the teacher can use this book to introduce a lesson on cultural diversity. The teacher can read the students the book emphasizing what he/she feels necessary. From there the students can be asked to complete a visual project or small group activity that can include their on culture or a culture they would like to become familiar with. 

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