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, April 14, 2014

Looking After Louis

Title: Looking after Louis
Author: Lesley Ely
Illustrator: Polly Dunbar
SJE: 5: Raising Awareness 

Looking after Louis by Lesley Ely is a book about a new boy at school named Louis. Louis is different from his other classmates so finding activities to engage all students that include Louis can be challenging. This book shows how the students figure out how they can include Louis while they all play and how sometimes different students need to have different accommodations. I picked this book because it raises awareness about autism and inclusive classrooms. Students can learn about autism and the importance of inclusive education. At the end of the book, Child Clinical Psychologist, Kori Levos Skidmore writes "Louis is able to watch and learn from his peers and to practice social skills, while his classmates learn empathy and respect for individual differences." Furthermore, Students can see that students needs can be met in certain ways and that we can all learn from each other. Students can also use what they learned from this book and use it in their own classroom. Students can come up with activities that are mindful of all the students in their classroom. 

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