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Ms. GRODNER from New York NY is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

A Library Should Be a Mirror

Help me give my students books that represent who they are and how they experience the world.

  • $1,247 goal

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My Students

My classroom is a sea of varied life experiences. My students are diverse in race, gender, sexuality, family structure, ability, and so many ways. Shouldn’t my classroom library reflect all the voices that represent their experiences? As we go into the 2019-2020 school year, we want to build a robust library of books that’s students can’t wait to get their hands on that reflect the lives they really lead and help them understand the experiences that differ from their own. Help us make our library a reflection of the world around us!

My Project

Students are encouraged to read 25-30 books per year. For many of my students, the only books they access are in my classroom. Each year I replenish my library with books that reflect my students, but each year, more amazing titles come out that give voice to more diverse experiences.

Every student in my classroom should have the chance to see their experiences reflected in a handful of books in the library.

Moreover, all of my students should get access to the variety of voices that literature has to offer. Help my students to pick up a book that lets them see the world through familiar eyes or opens them up to a world of experience they might never know otherwise. Help us create a classroom library that reflects the world they live in.

Grades 6-8
More than a third of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
It's Trevor Noah: Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood (Adapted for Young Readers) • Amazon Business $12.32 7 $86.24
Becoming • Amazon Business $16.63 4 $66.52
Orleans • Amazon Business $8.19 8 $65.52
Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood • Amazon Business $9.14 7 $63.98
The 57 Bus: A True Story of Two Teenagers and the Crime That Changed Their Lives • Amazon Business $12.59 5 $62.95
The Crazy Rich Asians Trilogy Box Set • Amazon Business $26.23 2 $52.46
On The Come Up • Amazon Business $12.34 4 $49.36
The To All the Boys I've Loved Before Paperback Collection: To All the Boys I've Loved Before; P.S. I Still Love You; Always and Forever, Lara Jean • Amazon Business $22.03 2 $44.06
Being Jazz: My Life as a (Transgender) Teen • Amazon Business $9.40 4 $37.60
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda • Amazon Business $8.79 4 $35.16
The Space Between • Amazon Business $16.99 2 $33.98
The Hate U Give [Paperback] Angie Thomas (author) • Amazon Business $11.30 3 $33.90
Dear Evan Hansen: The Novel • Amazon Business $14.98 2 $29.96
With the Fire on High • Amazon Business $14.39 2 $28.78
The Lines We Cross • Amazon Business $13.29 2 $26.58
The Dangerous Art of Blending In • Amazon Business $12.59 2 $25.18
We Set the Dark on Fire • Amazon Business $12.32 2 $24.64
Hey, Kiddo (National Book Award Finalist) • Amazon Business $12.17 2 $24.34
Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out • Amazon Business $11.67 2 $23.34
The Reason I Jump: The Inner Voice of a Thirteen-Year-Old Boy with Autism • Amazon Business $10.20 2 $20.40
Marcelo In The Real World • Amazon Business $9.52 2 $19.04
Children of Blood and Bone • Amazon Business $9.20 2 $18.40
Juliet Takes a Breath • Amazon Business $17.99 1 $17.99
This Is Where It Ends • Amazon Business $8.75 2 $17.50
Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass • Amazon Business $7.99 2 $15.98
The Love and Lies of Rukhsana Ali • Amazon Business $7.82 2 $15.64
South of Sunshine • Amazon Business $7.48 2 $14.96
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe • Amazon Business $7.05 2 $14.10
You Know Me Well: A Novel • Amazon Business $6.90 2 $13.80
The Education of Margot Sanchez • Amazon Business $6.04 2 $12.08
Gracefully Grayson • Amazon Business $5.06 2 $10.12
Dear Martin • Amazon Business $9.92 1 $9.92

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