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 22, 2014

I Like Myself!

Author: Karen Beaumont

Illustrator: David Catrow
Grade Level: K-3

This book is a small picture book appropriate for young children about a little girl who accepts herself for all that she is. She knows that she may not be perfect to everyone else, but she realizes that she is confident in who she is. This little girl illustrates her love for herself in very silly ways making it comical to the reader but the underlying message demonstrates positive self-esteem. 

Element 1: Self-Love and Knowledge
I Like Myself demonstrates the first Element of Social Justice because it teaches young children to love and accept themselves for who they are. The character tells the readers that she loves herself all of the time, even though she may be different than others. This book allows students to 
think about how they may be different from the others around them but sheds light on the importance and positiveness of individuality.

Classroom Activity
Because I Like Myself has some very silly elements to it so I would like to incorporate a fun activity into the lesson. I would have a couple handheld mirrors being passed around the classroom. I would ask the students to take a good look at themselves and to draw a self portrait of how they see themselves. I think that this would be interesting because some of the student’s portraits may not resemble their physical features at all. I would encourage the students to bring some of their non-physical attributes to their self-portrait either by drawings or short sentences depending on the grade level. 

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