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 19, 2014

What I Like About Me!

Author: Allia Zobel Nolan
Illustrator: Miki Sakamoto
Grade Level: Preschool-2nd Grade

Summary: This story is about children who recognize, accept and appreciate their differences.  They understand how these differences make them special and unique and love it!  Each child we meet throughout the book embraces who they are and is proud of what makes them their own person.

Element 1: I think this book reflects the topic of self-love and knowledge because it brings up multiple things that could make a child feel different (such as braces, big ears, freckles, the types of food they bring to lunch, etc) and shows how much they appreciate that difference and understand that is what makes them a special individual.  The message is to celebrate who you are and love yourself for the many things that make you, you!

Activity: A fun activity would be to either take a picture of them or have each child draw a picture of themselves. It could be blown up and placed on construction paper.  Underneath the picture will be each child's name such as M is for Marissa, and then each child can decorate the border with different pictures and cut outs from magazines that they feel represent themselves and make them the person they are.  They can share with their classmates and become aware of what they have in common and what they do not but all the while remembering it is our differences that make us special.

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