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Mrs. Breen from Hamden CT is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

ACCESS to Diverse Books for All Readers

Help me give my students a library cart, paper copies of diverse books, and Audible accounts in order to grant book access to all readers regardless of their level or ability.

  • $2,688 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

Lucille Clifton put it best when she said this; “The literature of America should reflect the children of America.” The students in this building are a beautifully diverse population of learners. Every child deserves to see themselves in a book. Our readers crave high-interest books that serve as both mirrors and windows into the worlds of others. Unfortunately, many children struggle to share a reading experience with their classmates because of a disability or a lack of engagement.

Access for all matters.

Many children struggle to read books that are on grade-level, therefore making it difficult to read in book clubs with peers. For a striving reader, the most important thing an educator can do is to remove all barriers to a passion for literature. Children must see this practice as a joy, and sometimes they need an alternative way to access these diverse texts.

Student engagement is the ultimate goal of high-quality instruction, and it is easier to excite striving readers with the texts and materials that they need to grow as individual learners.

My Project

My project embodies my two biggest educational philosophies: the books in a classroom should serve as windows and mirrors to readers, and all readers should have access to diverse books regardless of reading level or disabilities.

Books that represent all children are only impactful if all children can access them!

For many readers, grade-level texts are far above where they can read independently. Audible accounts will allow me to have digitally narrated copies of diverse books available to all students, therefore ensuring that book choice for striving readers does not simply fall within a particular level. Additionally, picture books will support our continued study of the voices of immigrants and their perspectives through accessible text with a great deal of image support to build background knowledge.

A well-organized library that is easy for children to maintain removes the barrier of anxiety surrounding book selection that many kids struggle through. Having a cart and bins to give easy access to children will ensure that texts are in readers hands faster and more seamlessly, leaving as much time as possible for the joy of reading!

Mrs. Breen
Grades 3-5
More than half of students from low‑income households

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Audible Platinum Annual account • Audible $229.50 2 $459.00
Tot Tutors XL104 Large Plastic Storage Bins, Set of 4, Light Blue • Amazon Business $22.79 15 $341.85
The Day You Begin • Amazon Business $10.63 20 $212.60
Illegal • Amazon Business $13.99 5 $69.95
They Called Us Enemy • Amazon Business $13.95 5 $69.75
An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States for Young People (ReVisioning American History for Young People) • Amazon Business $13.27 5 $66.35
We Are Displaced: My Journey and Stories from Refugee Girls Around the World • Amazon Business $12.91 5 $64.55
My Fate According to the Butterfly • Amazon Business $12.77 5 $63.85
Beyoncé: Shine Your Light • Amazon Business $12.15 5 $60.75
The King of Kindergarten • Amazon Business $12.77 4 $51.08
The Boy in the Black Suit • Amazon Business $10.02 5 $50.10
Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus • Amazon Business $6.60 5 $33.00
A Teacher's Guide to Reading Conferences: The Classroom Essentials Series • Amazon Business $21.94 1 $21.94
The Boy in the Black Suit • Amazon Business $18.99 1 $18.99
Two White Rabbits • Amazon Business $18.95 1 $18.95
Fox (Turtleback Binding Edition) • Amazon Business $18.40 1 $18.40
GIBSON HOLDERS 1A 2-Wire Display Stand, Black, 12-Pack • Amazon Business $16.49 1 $16.49
My Papi Has a Motorcycle • Amazon Business $16.19 1 $16.19
La Frontera / The Border: El viaje con papá/ My Journey With Papa (Spanish and English Edition) • Amazon Business $15.43 1 $15.43
El día en que descubres quién eres (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $13.37 1 $13.37
Where Are You From? • Amazon Business $12.77 1 $12.77
How to Read a Book • Amazon Business $11.90 1 $11.90
With the Fire on High • Amazon Business $11.39 1 $11.39
Black Enough: Stories of Being Young & Black in America • Amazon Business $10.07 1 $10.07
A Movie in My Pillow/Una pelicula en mi almohada • Amazon Business $9.95 1 $9.95
QIANXIANG 2 Pack Headphone Adapter 3.5mm Earbuds Adapter Aux Cable Earphones/Headsets Converter Accessories Support iOS Compatible with iPhone Xs Max/XR/X/8/8 Plus/7/7 Plus/ipad/iPod. • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
OPTION CLASS - BRETFORD BOOKTRUCK COLORS • School Specialty $0.00 1 $0.00
POLO (PL)- BRETFORD • School Specialty $0.00 1 $0.00

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