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.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Whoever You Are

Title: Whoever You Are
Author: Mem Fox
Illustrator: Leslie Staub
Grade level: preschool to grade 2

Paperback: $3.99
Hardcover: $5.56

 This picture book shows examples of different types of children from all around the world. It continues to explain that no matter who you are or where you are from there are children from all around the world just like you. “Whoever You Are”, shows readers that skin color, ways of education, difference of location, the way you speak, the way you live or matter what everyone is the same. It shows that everyone from around the world is the same because they have the same heart. Everyone can feel pain, everyone cries, everyone has the same smile, and everyone laughs because love and joy are the same.

SJE Element 2: Respect for Others:
This book represent element 2 in many ways. It can show a child that no matter where you are from or how you look everyone around them feels the same way. It shows children that if you feel hurt by someone teasing them then if they tease someone else it will hurt that person the same way. The book can demonstrate to children the respect that is needed among one another and shows deconstruction of stereotypes about other student’s identities. This book also gives great colorful pictures, which will intrigue the students.

As an activity I would first read this book to the class.  Then I would ask them questions on what they got from this book and tell me what they like about it. I would also tell the students to look around the room at all their classmates and they tell them that everyone may look different but everyone is the same in the inside. I would present them with two colored eggs. One will be a white egg and the other will be a brown egg. I would crack each egg in front of them, then show them that the eggs represents them and even though the eggs look different on the outside but when I cracked them they are just alike in the inside. 

Extra help:
I found this awesome RIF guide for educators made for this book.  It shows you different ways you can teach this book to different grades. Check it out the link is right below:

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