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.

Friday, January 29, 2016

Mommy, Mama, and Me

Mommy, Mama, and Me

Author: Leslea Newman
Illustrator: Carol Thompson
Grade Level- Pre-K - 2nd grade

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This book is about a little girl growing up with two mothers. The little girl describes a typical day with her family and all of the daily activities and fun adventures her mothers do together. Just because your family is a little different doesn't mean you can't have fun!

Element 1: Knowledge and Self-Love
This book shows knowledge and self-love of having a family that is not the "norm" in society. The little girl in the story is still able to do everything any other family would with her mothers. It is a great starter book for children beginning to learn that families come in all different shapes and sizes but the most important thing is the love and fun you have together. 

Classroom Activity:
I would use this book when teaching a unit about families to teach students there is no "normal" when it comes to families.  After introducing and reading the book to students I would have them describe their own families. The class would then take a look at all the different types of families that exist and what they all have in common. I would then breakdown what the most important things to have in a family, i.e. love, caring about each other, and having fun.

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