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.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Kids Making a Difference for Animals

Title: (ASPCA Kids) Kids Making a Difference for Animals
Author: Nancy Furstinger

This book is a great asset and valuable resource for educating and inspiring young children. Kids’ Making a Difference for Animals was created with the ASPCA in mind. The book is composed of four different sections, each section is designed to analyze issues of animal cruelty. The first chapter is comprised of interviews. The children in these interviews have created positive ways to help animals in their community. Near the end of the book, students are advised in ways to foster positive behavior towards animals.

The book epitomizes social action in numerous ways. Students are inspired to raise money through organizations and fundraisers in their community. Students are also encouraged to adopt pets from the ASPCA. Students will also gain knowledge about endangered species. Overall, the theme of the book is to create positive animal activism in the community. I would use this book to inspire volunteerism and raise money for organizations that prevent animal cruelty.

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