key central themes explored within good books awarded mention inside W r i t i n g
1. Imagine that you have been given grant money to fund your local neighborhood’s library with the specific intention of building a bookshelf full of children’s literature that imparts empathy to all, and, voice and visibility to children who are marginalized because of a physical, emotional, or psychological challenge.
You remember learning about the Schneider Book Awards in a course that you took in college:) and begin your research to build this important wing of the library.
Your book choices are driven by your desire to share rich stories of folks with adaptive abilities as ‘the do-ers’, ‘the change agents’, ‘the power brokers’, and ‘the heroes’. The book choices you have selected are:
1. A Splash of Red
2. Emmanuel’s Dream
3. A Boy and A Jaguar
4. We’ll Paint the Octopus Red
5. My Friend Isabelle
6. My Brother Charlie
Questions to Answer in Response to Prompt:
- To justify your purchase to the library board, you need to write a short summary stating why you chose these books. Why is it important to show folks with a challenge ‘getting on with their lives’ with agency?
- Discuss briefly how each of these 6 books teaches valuable lessons about empathy and humanity.
- An Added NEW Twist: Two community members walk into your new library wing with their original children’s picture book. Although both of these books are excellent, you must choose only one of these original books to add to your growing library. Which book do you choose and discuss your reasoning?
- Luna and A Sign of Love (*Note BOTH OF these can be found inside the / Adaptive Abilities Module / Original Dream Team Creations! :))
Include 1 Practice APA Quote from the article ” ‘Just Like Me, Just Like You’ : Narrative Erasure as Disability as Disability Normalization in Children’s Picture Books” (Aho & Alter, 2018)
Post your Answer to Questions 1 -2 – 3.
2. Acceptance, identity, inclusion, respect, and love, are key central themes explored within good books awarded mention inside of the LGBTQ Stonewall Award.
Imagine that you are a parent of a child (fast forward:)) who is gay. Their teacher reads the book And Tango Makes Three, and your child comes home excited that they, too, can have a family of their own someday. They feel pride of their sexual identity because of this book reading. You, as a nurturing parent, have taken an interest in garnering a library for your child whereby they will see themselves reflected in the pages of the storyline with both dignity and pride.
The following books, And Tango Makes Three, Heather has Two Mommies, Julian is a Mermaid, 10,000 Dresses, When Aidan Became a Brother, and, This Day in June are books that your child brought from home to Show and Tell with the whole class. The teacher decides to buy copies of each of these for the school library. Then, an irate Momma storms into the school library and demands that each of these books be banned and reviewed by the school board before reinstating.
You go to the school board meeting as an advocate for your child, and prepare a document to read about the social justice merits found within EACH of the 6 books listed above.
1. And Tango Makes Three
2. Heather has Two Mommies
3. Julian is a Mermaid
4. 10,000 Dresses
5. When Aidan Became a Brother
6. This Day in June
Write in a minimum of 200 WORDS a strong and powerful message to the school board about WHY EACH these books matter and should be visible to ALL students to eradicate the hate and homophobia that you fear your child could face. Bullet point each book with a strong reason why the book should NOT BE BANNED!!! Make sure to connect your message with the themes stated above: Acceptance,Identity, Inclusion, Respect, and Love.
Conclude your comments reminding the board about the need to give voice and visibility to ALL in order to garner empathy for humanity.
Cite 1 APA quote inside of your discussion to support your reasoning and rhetoric. Use the following article from the Reader for your quote:
“Multicultural Inclusion of Lesbian and Gay Literature Themes in Elementary Classrooms” (Logan et al., 2016)