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 18, 2014

I Like Myself

"I Like Myself"
Author: Karen Beaumont
Illustrated by: David Catrow
Grade Level: K-2
Element #1: Self-Love and Knowledge
Summary: This book is about a little girl who loves goes about describing herself.  She does it in a silly and poetic fashion all the while acknowledging that no matter what others should think of her, she loves herself the way she is from the inside to the outside.
Connection to the Element: This book emphasizes the importance of knowing one's self as well as accepting and loving who you are despite what others may think.
Activity:  A possible activity would be for students to write their full name on construction paper vertically.  Next to each letter of their name, they can write a word that describes them and starts with that letter.  Whether the attribute is physical or not, if it is important to them, they will be encouraged to write it down.  To complete the assignment, I will take a picture of every student so that they can place in on the construction above their name and descriptions.  The heading on the bulletin board will follow the book, "I Like Myself" and their work will follow. 

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