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Mrs. Mikesell from Columbus OH is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

A House of Multi-Cultural Books

Help me give my students 50 bilingual story books as well as multicultural titles to increase their motivation to learn to read in English as well as their native language.

  • $582 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

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My Students

I am an English Language Arts teacher to fourth and fifth-grade students. The students in my class come from over 30 different countries from around the world. It is a joy to see a mini United Nations in my classroom each day. My students are enthusiastic learners and encourage each other daily in their learning.

The greatest joy I experience daily is to see my students building bridges through literature instead of building walls.

Literature is a great tool to show my students that although we come from many different backgrounds, there is much we have in common. I love reading aloud to my students and watching their eyes light up with understanding when their culture is highlighted in the text read aloud that day.

My Project

Our school is in a large urban district. In addition to poverty, our students have come from over 30 countries and speak many different languages. Many of the families in our community do not have the resources at home to read with their children. We are creating a lending library where families can stop outside our school and find culturally relevant books to read together. Not only will the library encourage parents to read with their children, but hopefully it will encourage our parents to become more involved with our school.

The donations in this project will give students the opportunity to read books with their families that appreciate the diversity within our school.

Research proves that when students read culturally-relevant books they are more likely to want to read. Thus, their intrinsic motivation will enhance their ability to learn to read. In addition, students who are able to read bilingually are more likely to graduate from college than ESL students who are only taught to read English.

Mrs. Mikesell
Grades 3-5
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
English/Spanish Story Book - Set of 8 • Kaplan Early Learning Company $57.56 1 $57.56
Spanish Career Books - Set of 6 • Kaplan Early Learning Company $32.36 1 $32.36
Harvesting Hope: The Story of Cesar Chavez • Amazon Business $16.76 1 $16.76
The Littlest Matryoshka • Amazon Business $16.22 1 $16.22
The Water Dragon: A Chinese Legend - Retold in English and Chinese (Stories of the Chinese Zodiac) • Amazon Business $15.25 1 $15.25
Dolores Huerta: A Hero to Migrant Workers • Amazon Business $14.91 1 $14.91
Marisol McDonald Doesn't Match / Marisol McDonald no combina • Amazon Business $14.75 1 $14.75
Pongkhi and the Giant Fish: A Story from Bangladesh • Amazon Business $14.50 1 $14.50
The Cat in the Hat/El Gato Ensombrerado (The Cat in the Hat Spanish Edition): Bilingual Edition (Classic Seuss) • Amazon Business $13.74 1 $13.74
How Chipmunk Got His Stripes. Siberian Folktales: Tales of My Childhood (Volume 3) • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
Dorje the Yak • Amazon Business $12.95 1 $12.95
Goodnight, My Love! Bonne nuit, mon amour !: English French Bilingual (English french Bilingual Collection) • Amazon Business $10.99 1 $10.99
I Love My Dad- Quiero a mi Papá (A bilingual English Spanish book) (English Spanish Bilingual Collection) • Amazon Business $10.99 1 $10.99
My Mom is Awesome Mi mamá es increíble (libros infantiles, English Spanish childrens books): Libros para niños, bilingual spanish children (English Spanish Bilingual Collection) • Amazon Business $10.99 1 $10.99
Yasmin's Hammer • Amazon Business $10.95 1 $10.95
My First Book of Japanese Words: An ABC Rhyming Book of Japanese Language and Culture (My First Book Of...-miscellaneous/English) • Amazon Business $10.51 1 $10.51
Chocolate Milk, Por Favor: Celebrating Diversity with Empathy • Amazon Business $10.11 1 $10.11
B Is for Bangladesh (World Alphabets) • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Jorge el curioso visita el acuario /Curious George at the Aquarium (bilingual edition) (Spanish and English Edition) • Amazon Business $4.99 2 $9.98
Jose! Born to Dance: The Story of Jose Limon (Tomas Rivera Mexican-American Children's Book Award (Awards)) • Amazon Business $9.98 1 $9.98
El Pez Arco Iris / The Rainbow Fish Bilingual Paperback Edition • Amazon Business $9.95 1 $9.95
Sleep Tight, Little Wolf – Råhat bekhåb, gorge kutshak (English – Persian, Farsi, Dari): Bilingual children's book with mp3 audiobook for download, age 2-4 and up (Sefa Picture Books in two languages) • Amazon Business $9.95 1 $9.95
Am I small? / Jega jagnayo?: Children's Picture Book (Korean and English Edition) • Amazon Business $9.95 1 $9.95
My First Bilingual Book–Home (English–Korean) • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
My First Bilingual Book–Animals (English–Korean) • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
La oruga muy hambrienta/The Very Hungry Caterpillar: bilingual board book (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $8.79 1 $8.79
Goodnight Moon/Buenas noches, Luna • Amazon Business $8.74 1 $8.74
I'm New Here • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
I Love You Sun / I Love You Moon: Te amo Sol / Te amo Luna (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Rechenka's Eggs (Paperstar) • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Little Sima and the Giant Bowl: [a Chinese Folktale] (On My Own Folklore) • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
I Love Our Earth / Amo nuestra Tierra (Charlesbridge Bilingual Books) • Amazon Business $7.95 1 $7.95
I Will Love You Forever / Te amaré por siempre (Bilingual) (Spanish and English Edition) • Amazon Business $7.65 1 $7.65
Spanish-English Picture Dictionary (First Bilingual Picture Dictionaries) • Amazon Business $7.16 1 $7.16
The Empty Pot: A Chinese Folk Tale (Folk Tales From Around the World) • Amazon Business $5.91 1 $5.91
Bilingual Tales: El patito feo / The Ugly Duckling (Spanish and English Edition) • Amazon Business $3.99 1 $3.99
Qué cosas dice mi abuela (The Things My Grandmother Says): (Spanish language edition of The Things My Grandmother Says) (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $3.99 1 $3.99
Jorge el curioso siembra una semilla/Curious George Plants a Seed (CGTV Reader) (Spanish and English Edition) • Amazon Business $3.68 1 $3.68
The Three Little Pigs: Los tres cerditos (Keepsake Stories) • Amazon Business $3.19 1 $3.19

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