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, October 17, 2018

Princess Hair

Book Title: Princess Hair
Author & Illustrator: Sharee Miller
Ages: 3-6 years

Element 1: Self-Love and Knowledge: Princess Hair is all about the different types of hair you may see dawned by women of color, in particularly Black women. It visualizes those hairstyles complementing the beauty of each and every one. It brings about the beauty in one's self and all that they can be capable of. This book can be used to build the self-confidence  and self-affirm within students of color and see the beauty and power that their hair brings. 

Summary: In this book, there is no main character, instead on each page you see different princesses with different hairstyles, varying from princesses with braids, kinks, and so many more. The princesses on these pages wear their crowns, reassuring the fact that this is the only thing they have in common because underneath their crown they are all different. It details the beauty of black hair and affirms the idea of things young black girls can do. 

Activity: I would the resource "5 Things I Love About My Hair" on Sharee Miller's website. This would allow for any child to take the message from the book and personalize it for themselves. It also would give the child time to reflect on their hair and the beauty within it. I may even ask students to have one of the things rhyme, as it did in the book, building upon that skill.

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