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  • Normandy Early Learning Center
  • Saint Louis, MO
  • Nearly all students from low‑income households

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I am a teacher of a preschool special education classroom in St. Louis. Most of my students are African American, however, my classroom library has few books with African American Characters. I would like to raise money to build our classroom library. I believe it is important for my students to see themselves in the books in our classroom. These books encourage a positive self-perception. When a child sees characters that look like them or speak like them or live in environments like them, they begin to place themselves in those stories. Representation in books contributes to how children see the world around them. Books are a window to the world – what a child sees through that window has a profound impact on how he or she perceives the world – it tells them what’s important, and what matters. Seeing themselves in that world establishes them as people who matter and establishes their sense of place in society. Ensuring that my students have books with characters that look like them will, no doubt, have a significantly positive impact on our society as it encourages children to read, advances their comprehension abilities, and contributes to our children developing healthy perceptions of themselves and their place in society.

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I am a teacher of a preschool special education classroom in St. Louis. Most of my students are African American, however, my classroom library has few books with African American Characters. I would like to raise money to build our classroom library. I believe it is important for my students to see themselves in the books in our classroom. These books encourage a positive self-perception. When a child sees characters that look like them or speak like them or live in environments like them, they begin to place themselves in those stories. Representation in books contributes to how children see the world around them. Books are a window to the world – what a child sees through that window has a profound impact on how he or she perceives the world – it tells them what’s important, and what matters. Seeing themselves in that world establishes them as people who matter and establishes their sense of place in society. Ensuring that my students have books with characters that look like them will, no doubt, have a significantly positive impact on our society as it encourages children to read, advances their comprehension abilities, and contributes to our children developing healthy perceptions of themselves and their place in society.

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