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

Soñadores or Dreamers

Soñadores or Dreamers was written and illustrated by Yuyi Morales and translated by Teresa Mlawer. It is the story of a mother and child whose journey from home brought them to a foreign land where they were met with both challenges and inspiration. Their story is as much about the gifts of love, discovery and creativity that they brought along with them. This poetic narrative offers the reader an authentic perspective on migration and immigration while at the same time promoting the transformative power of diversity, literacy and imagination. Morales seamlessly pairs her words with vivid illustrations, packed with cultural references to Latinx heritage and activist motifs. An excellent choice for addressing social justice element 3, Exploring Issues of Social Injustice, Soñadores or Dreamers offers an entry point for discussing themes surrounding immigration such migration, the idea of boarders, access and human rights. Most importantly, this book stays away from a deficit lens and keeps social justice element 1, Self-Love at the forefront.

By clicking on the language of your choice, a new tab directing you to alibris, an online retailer for independent bookstores, where you can purchase the book online in Spanish and/or English

For lesson ideas from PK- 8 and other book suggestions that support similar topics, along with several links to additional research for enhancing teacher content knowledge visit, The Classroom Bookshelf. Additionally, I highly recommend checking out American Indians in Children's Literature, which "provides critical perspectives and analysis of indigenous peoples in children's and young adult books, the school curriculum, popular culture, and society.”

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