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.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Alex and the Amazing Lemonade Stand

Alex and the Amazing Lemonade Stand

Liz and Jay Scott with the help of Alex Scott
Age: All ages

This book is a great example of the power of one person with strong spirits and an enormous heart. Alex, just four years old is diagnosed with neuroblastoma, a type of childhood cancer. She knew she was very sick and told her parents she wished to create a lemonade stand in order to raise money to find a cure for "her illness". Her plan was to donate the money she raised to "her hospital" to help the doctors find a cure for all children with cancer. Through persistence, hard work and the strongest will imaginable, her idea eventually takes an entire nation by storm. The book itself is enjoyable to read with great illustrations and rhyming prose. This book serves as a sense of inspiration for children of all ages to make a difference. Though Alex passed away at the age of 8, her lemonade stands, now nationwide, have raised over $1 million dollars. To adults, the message is profound: how can we complain about our trivial problems when this child, who has such a difficult road to walk, has managed to turn her hardship into a desire to produce good for the world. We all have something to learn from Alex's book.

Social Action: Many schools have taken on the challenge Alex's Lemondae Stand, and creating their own stand to raise money for Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation in the efforts to find a cure for childhood cancers.

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