Every now and then a teacher comes across a resource that takes up permanent residence on the book shelf and becomes a guidepost and roadmap for instructional design. For any educator who values the use of children’s literature as a teaching tool for social issues, this book is that resource. Focusing on themes of identity affirmation, notions of family, developing and maintaining friendships, nurturing a sense of belonging, and understanding the world on a global level, Colabucci and Napoli introduce readers to hundreds of titles along with ideas for implementing them in early childhood instruction. Each chapter includes focus questions to set the stage, as well as an interview with a known children’s book author on the theme under examination. Recommended texts are up-to-date, readily available, and have strong literary quality. Also included are extension activities and resources such as websites, podcasts, and software applications. Most importantly, this book offers educators the opportunity to learn about having clear and open conversations with children on the social issues that affect their lives through the lens of engaging and relatable stories. Highly recommended.
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