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.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

I Like Myself

Author: Karen Beaumont

Illustrator: David Catrow
Grade Level: K-2
Element 1

This short, picture book is about a little girl who loves herself from head to toe and inside out.  Throughout the book, the character describes how she is happy with the way she looks and her personality.  She states, she would love herself even if she looked and acted differently because “there’s no one else she’d rather be”.

Element 1: Self-Love and Knowledge
I Like Myself represents the first element about self-love and knowledge because it allows students to see how they should love themselves for who they are.   As the character states that she would even love herself if she were any different, it shows children that they should be proud of their looks and personality.

To incorporate I Like Myself within my classroom, I would first read the book to my students. Next, I would have an open discussion where my students can reflect upon the things that make them different, what they are proud of, and what they like about themselves.  I will then engage them in a short writing activity where each student will pick one thing they love about themselves, write about it, and draw a picture.  When each page is complete, I will laminate and bind them together to create a classroom book to keep in the library.

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