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.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

I'm Gonna Like Me


Author: Jamie Lee Curtis
Illustrator: Laura Cornell
Grade Level: Pre-School-3 years old
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Summary: I'm Gonna Like Me by Jamie Lee Curtis is a short children's picture book that discusses different characteristics/things that young children (both male and female) find they like about themselves.  It teaches the lesson that what is important is that you like and respect yourself for who you are as a person, which will then make you happy.  This book can be used in the classroom by planning different activities that teach students the importance of accepting themselves for who they  which will then teach them to accept others who are different as well.

Element of Social Justice:(Self-Love and Knowledge):  This book represents Self-Love and Knowledge because it explains what children like about themselves, which represents who they are and where they come from.  Children in this book identify different aspects that make them who they are as a person which is the objective of this element and this consequently will result in less negative stereotyping because children respect and accept themselves so they will want to accept others who are different as well.

How I would use this book in the classroom:  I would love to read this book to my young children.  I plan to prepare activities that relate to this book by having my students identify what they like about themselves and then sharing and hanging the projects up in the classroom.  I plan to use this book especially when i address the problem of bullying.  I think this would be a good way not only to help students accept and be happy with themselves as people but also accept and respect their classmates as well while bringing attention to a growing problem facing schools across the nation.

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