Book Review #1
The Color Monster: A Story About Emotions
EARLY CHILDHOOD AFFINITY GROUP
Dear Early Childhood Educators,
Here's a simple template for book review questions and discussion.
📚 Together let;s advance our own professional development through this affinity book group. Love children's literature and book groups where books are short, reading is less time consuming, and where we can learn from another in a safe space. Here's to happy reading!
Why Choose Anti-Bias Books & Toys?
Contrary to popular opinion, young children begin to notice race and skin color as early as six months of age. As toddlers, they draw their conclusions from their environment: people around them, books they read, and materials in their homes. Therefore, children and families need to see themselves reflected in books and toys. They also need to see the diverse people that will be in their classmates, neighbors, teachers, and community members. Program materials should not only be a vehicle for increasing parent-child interaction and improving school readiness skills, but also tools to help raise strong, confident, and self-assured individuals.
The following checklist is a guide to help you select anti-bias books and toys. The more boxes you are able to check off, the more anti-biased the materials. Your curriculum should be a well-rounded representation of accurate and respectful books and toys that serve a myriad of purposes.
Reflecting on Books
Tell Us About The Characters and Illustrations 🧍🏾♀️
Did the book show ethnically and culturally diverse characters and experiences?
- Main Character:
- Supporting Character:
- My favorite character is... because....
Talk About The Setting 🏠
Did the book have rich narratives and interesting illustrations
In the beginning of the book...➡️ In the middle of the book...➡️ By the end of the story...
5 Stars Because....
You should read this book if you...
You should not read this book if you...
Being Intentional About Selecting Books & Toys
The first step towards building a full curriculum of books and toys that:
● Show ethnically and culturally diverse characters and experiences
● Are written and illustrated primarily by authors and illustrators of color or authors with disabilities
● Are developmentally appropriate
● Are high quality
● Have rich narratives and interesting illustrations
● Introduce new vocabulary and concepts
● Are affordable and accessible