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Mrs. Baker from Columbia SC is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

African American Books Needed in the Classroom

Help me give my students a variety of fiction and non-fiction, such as Hidden Figures and Young, Gifted and Black, that have African Americans as the star(s) of the book.

  • $576 goal

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My Students

The four walls of my classroom contain twenty fifth graders, two lizards and lots of love. During our days, we read together, laugh together, and yes, even cry together. I take them on travels to the past, watch them work collaboratively to solve scientific challenges, high five them when they have solved that math problem and read about their experiences in life through their writing.

My students come from a variety of backgrounds, and although many of these backgrounds differ from mine, I make every effort to meet them where they are.

My students are loved and I make it my goal to tell them I love them each day, because for some of them that is the only time they hear it.

My Project

Twenty beautiful African American faces stare back at me each day, and I wonder what difference I can make in their lives. I see most of them struggling or hating to read, because I do not have books they can relate to on a personal level. I need authors like Walter Dean Myers to line my bookshelves to increase interest.

By providing my students books with African Americans as the star, you are providing them the opportunity to not only increase their reading level, but also to develop a lifelong love for reading!

And that, is a powerful gift!

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

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Young, Gifted and Black: Meet 52 Black Heroes from Past and Present • Amazon Business $17.50 1 $17.50
The Joys of Being a Little Black Boy • Amazon Business $16.99 1 $16.99
The Day You Begin • Amazon Business $16.29 1 $16.29
The Water Princess • Amazon Business $16.19 1 $16.19
Hip Hop Speaks to Children: A Celebration of Poetry with a Beat (A Poetry Speaks Experience) • Amazon Business $15.94 1 $15.94
Ada Twist, Scientist • Amazon Business $14.54 1 $14.54
I Am Enough • Amazon Business $14.24 1 $14.24
The Stars Beneath Our Feet • Amazon Business $13.59 1 $13.59
She Persisted Around the World: 13 Women Who Changed History • Amazon Business $13.49 1 $13.49
Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race • Amazon Business $13.24 1 $13.24
A Day with Uncle Bembe • Amazon Business $12.95 1 $12.95
Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut (Denene Millner Books) • Amazon Business $12.56 1 $12.56
Heal the Earth (A Julian Lennon White Feather Flier Adventure) • Amazon Business $12.32 1 $12.32
Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History (Vashti Harrison) • Amazon Business $11.89 1 $11.89
The Journey of Little Charlie (National Book Award Finalist) • Amazon Business $11.89 1 $11.89
Monster: A Graphic Novel • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
My Nana and Me • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
145th Street: Short Stories • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
June Peters, You Will Change The World One Day • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Stephen Curry: The Children's Book: The Boy Who Never Gave Up • Amazon Business $9.13 1 $9.13
LeBron James: The Children's Book: The Boy Who Became King • Amazon Business $9.13 1 $9.13
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, Young Reader's Edition • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
Brown Girl Dreaming • Amazon Business $8.00 1 $8.00
Freedom's Children: Young Civil Rights Activists Tell Their Own Stories • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Sugar • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
The Mighty Miss Malone • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Bad Boy: A Memoir • Amazon Business $7.48 1 $7.48
The The Madman of Piney Woods • Amazon Business $7.19 1 $7.19
The Princess and the Pea • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
What Color Is My World?: The Lost History of African-American Inventors • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
One Crazy Summer • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
The Twelve Dancing Princesses • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
P.S. Be Eleven • Amazon Business $6.98 1 $6.98
A Long Walk to Water: Based on a True Story • Amazon Business $6.59 1 $6.59
Gone Crazy in Alabama • Amazon Business $6.48 1 $6.48
Jaden Toussaint, the Greatest Episode 1: The Quest for Screen Time • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Jaden Toussaint, the Greatest Episode 5: Mission Star-Power (Volume 5) • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Jaden Toussaint, the Greatest Episode 3: Muffin Wars (Volume 3) • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Jaden Toussaint, the Greatest Episode 2: The Ladek Invasion • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Jaden Toussaint, the Greatest Episode 4: Attack of the Swamp Thing (Volume 4) • Amazon Business $5.03 1 $5.03
The Mean Girl Who Never Speaks (The Mya Dove Case Files) (Volume 1) • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99
A Girl Named Rosa: The True Story of Rosa Parks (American Girl: A Girl Named) • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99
A Girl Named Misty: The True Story of Misty Copeland (American Girl: A Girl Named) • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99
Monster • Amazon Business $3.38 1 $3.38

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