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, October 1, 2013
I Like Me!
Author: Deborah Connor Coker
Illustrated By: Keaf Holliday
Reading Level: Kindergarten
Publisher: Golden Books Publishing Company, Inc.
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I Like Me! is about a young African-American girl named Nia Natasha Sierra Sims who has confidence in who she is and all of the special things that she can do. Throughout the book, she talks about all of the things that make her special and unique. She has a lot of plans for her life and ideas that she wants to share with the world and the self-confidence to know that she can achieve anything she sets her mind to!
Element #1- Self-Love and Knowledge:
Nia Natasha Sierra Sims has many things to be proud of. Her mother says that she is the color of the leaves in the fall and her father says that her smile is as bright as sunshine. Nia narrates I Like Me! and tells her audience all of the ways she is unique and all of the special things she can do. I Like Me! encourages its readers to find out what makes them special and unique and makes them appreciate little things about themselves like their ears that allow them to hear stories and their eyes that allow them to see different cloud shapes in the sky. At the end of the book, Nia mentions her plans for the future and teaches her readers to believe in themselves and make a difference in the world.
When using this book in a classroom setting, teachers could read this book to their students and lead them in a discussion about what makes them special. Students can discover what they have in common with their classmates and what makes them uniquely them! Teachers could then follow up this discussion by having their students draw their own self-portrait that emphasizes and includes the things that make them so special.