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Ms. W. from Madison WI is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Crestwood Builds a Culturally Relevant Bookroom

My students need to see faces in books that look like theirs, including 'Silent Music' and 'The Pot That Juan Built.'

  • $362 goal

This project expired on May 8, 2011.

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

Remember your teacher reading to you as you sat on the carpet? How magical it was to hear the stories and see the pictures-imagine never seeing a child who looks like you in those stories. The books on my list share principles like unity and self-determination with diverse illustrations for my kids.

Our school is becoming more culturally diverse each year.

As we change, we are trying to continue to serve everyone by using music, art, movement and language to help ALL the kids who step through our doors. Each child has a story and we try to work with all backgrounds. The teachers in our elementary school are dedicated to reaching all their students and are always in need of new resources.

My Project

The books on the list are all connected to seven principles: unity, self-determination, responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose,creativity,and faith. These are the principles of Kwanzaa. Every child can benefit from learning about and incorporating these principles in their lives:whatever culture, color or background. We want our students to leave school with knowledge and skills to go to the next level and with the confidence and self-concept to continue to achieve at the highest levels. These books help us achieve this!

I know how hard the teachers at my school work to connect with all of their students.

The books we are asking for will help us to be more culturally relevant in the classroom and teach important life principles to each child in our school.

Ms. W.
Grades PreK-2
More than a third of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 450 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Families Susan Kuklin, Susan Kuklin (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $12.98 1 $12.98
Show Way Jacqueline Woodson, Hudson Talbott (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $11.61 1 $11.61
Home at Last Susan Middleton Elya, Felipe Davalos (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $6.79 1 $6.79
Maxwell's Mountain Shari Becker, Nicole Wong (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $5.93 1 $5.93
Goin' Someplace Special Patricia C. McKissack, Jerry Pinkney (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $14.61 1 $14.61
The Name Jar Yangsook Choi, Yangsook Choi (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $13.54 1 $13.54
Virgie Goes To School With Us Boys Elizabeth Fitzgerald Howard, E. B. Lewis (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $14.61 1 $14.61
Grandma and Me at the Flea (Los Meros Meros Remateros) Juan Felipe Herrera, Anita De Lucio-Brock (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $13.76 1 $13.76
Stitchin' and Pullin': A Gee's Bend Quilt Patricia McKissack, Cozbi A. Cabrera (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $14.61 1 $14.61
The Little Red Hen Jerry Pinkney • AKJ BOOKS $13.79 1 $13.79
Magic Gourd Baba Wague Diakite (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $13.76 1 $13.76
One Hen: How One Small Loan Made a Big Difference Katie Milway, Eugenie Fernandes (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $12.95 2 $25.90
Beautiful Blackbird Ashley Bryan, Ashley Bryan (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $15.41 1 $15.41
The Jones Family Express Javaka Steptoe, Javaka Steptoe (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $15.34 1 $15.34
The Pot That Juan Built Nancy Andrews-Goebel, David Diaz (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $13.76 1 $13.76
My Name Is Georgia: A Portrait by Jeanette Winter Jeanette Winter, Jeanette Winter (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $13.80 1 $13.80
I See the Rhythm of Gospel Toyomi Igus, Michele Wood (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $11.61 1 $11.61
First the Egg Laura Vaccaro Seeger • AKJ BOOKS $10.25 1 $10.25
Silent Music James Rumford • AKJ BOOKS $14.61 1 $14.61
Our Children Can Soar: A Celebration of Rosa, Barack, and the Pioneers of Change Michelle Cook, Pat Cummings (Illustrator), James Ransome (Illustrator), Eric Velasquez (Illustrator), Leo Dillon (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $11.61 1 $11.61

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