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, September 30, 2013

Black, White, Just Right!

Author: Marguerite W. Davol
Illustrator: Irene Trivas
Grade Level: Pre-K - 2nd
Social Element 1: Self love and knowledge

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Summary: Black, White, Just Right! is about a little girl who has an African American mother and white father. In the story the little girl talks about how both her parents are different like their hair, eye color, skin color, and even the food they like, but the little girl is just right because she is made up of all her parents great qualities.

Element 1: This book fits into self love and knowledge because the little girl expresses how much she loves having every quality of her mother and father. In the book the girl talks about how she loves that her hair, eyes, and skin color are a perfect mix of both her mom and dad and that is why she is just right.  The book also speaks about how the little girl embraces everything that her parents love. Mommy likes African art while daddy like modern and she loves both. Mommy likes salad and daddy likes ribs, but she loves all food. She isn't afraid to embrace both of her parents cultures and she is so proud of everything her parents are that instead of choosing one thing mom likes or one thing dad like, she chooses everything about them.                       

Classroom Ideas: This book can be used in the classroom by talking about how all families and people are different. The teacher can talk about different cultures, other types of families that may not be the typical wife, husband, and child, and also talk about multi-racial people.  The teacher can have each student talk about how their families are different and how they are "just right!" Parents can also be involved in this lesson by inviting them to the classroom to talk about where they are from or their ancestors. Reading this book and teaching this lesson would allow the children to learn about who they are and accept and love themselves for being different. It will also teach the students that it okay to be multi-racial and it should be something you are proud of. For the students to learn this at such a young age it may help promote anti-racism as they become older. 
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