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Ms. Eckroth from Minneapolis MN is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Black Books Matter

Help me give my students novels where they can see themselves represented. A bookshelf filled with books by contemporary African American writers who have created relatable protagonists and scenarios.

  • $584 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

I teach 53 Special Education students who are super motivated to bring their reading skills up to grade level and beyond! My students yearn to grow as readers, but it's not always easy to find themselves reflected in mainstream middle grades books.

Our school serves predominantly African American students and has an Afrocentric focus that emphasizes pride in our heritage, community and culture.

We are located in the heart of North Minneapolis and many of our students do not have easy access to the books they need to develop a lifelong love for reading.

My Project

Help me give my students books where they are motivated to read because they see themselves and identify with protagonists in the stories being told.

Black youth have historically been, and continue to be underrepresented, misrepresented or invisible in school libraries.

I am building a library filled with books written predominantly by African American writers with protagonists and story lines that are relevant to my struggling readers. The books on my wish list have proven to be accessible and engaging for struggling readers. Our school is emphasizing independent reading to strengthen skills and build intrinsic motivation to become more avid readers. I am determined to help my hardworking scholars develop a passion for reading they will carry with them for the rest of their lives.

Ms. Eckroth
Grades 6-8
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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At this school, more than 50% of students are Black, Latinx, and/or Native American, and more than 50% come from low-income households. Learn how your donation to this school supports a more equitable education.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
March (Trilogy Slipcase Set) • Amazon Business $32.77 1 $32.77
My Jasper June • Amazon Business $16.99 1 $16.99
Strange Fruit, Volume I: Uncelebrated Narratives from Black History • Amazon Business $16.66 1 $16.66
Gaither Sisters Trilogy Box Set: One Crazy Summer, P.S. Be Eleven, Gone Crazy in Alabama • Amazon Business $15.76 1 $15.76
Topside • Amazon Business $14.99 1 $14.99
I Am Alfonso Jones • Amazon Business $14.98 1 $14.98
Strange Fruit, Volume II: More Uncelebrated Narratives from Black History • Amazon Business $14.86 1 $14.86
Dancing in the Wings • Amazon Business $14.39 1 $14.39
Under My Hijab • Amazon Business $13.67 1 $13.67
How Long 'til Black Future Month?: Stories • Amazon Business $12.90 1 $12.90
The Harlem Hellfighters • Amazon Business $12.72 1 $12.72
Spider-Man: Miles Morales Vol. 1 • Amazon Business $10.76 1 $10.76
March: Book Two • Amazon Business $10.74 1 $10.74
Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet Book 1 • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
The Hate U Give Movie Tie-in Edition • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Let's Celebrate Ramadan & Eid! (Muslim Festival of Fasting & Sweets) (Maya & Neel's India Adventure Series, Book 4) • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
I Am Enough • Amazon Business $9.49 1 $9.49
Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History (Vashti Harrison) • Amazon Business $9.43 1 $9.43
Slam! • Amazon Business $8.93 1 $8.93
I'm Not Dying with You Tonight • Amazon Business $8.90 1 $8.90
As Brave As You • Amazon Business $8.20 1 $8.20
Brown Girl Dreaming • Amazon Business $8.00 1 $8.00
The Mighty Miss Malone • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Sunny (3) (Track) • Amazon Business $7.84 1 $7.84
March: Book One • Amazon Business $7.77 1 $7.77
Bud, Not Buddy • Amazon Business $7.67 1 $7.67
One Love (Music Books for Children, African American Baby Books, Bob Marley Book for Kids) • Amazon Business $7.67 1 $7.67
Copper Sun • Amazon Business $7.58 1 $7.58
Lu (4) (Track) • Amazon Business $7.13 1 $7.13
Sophie Washington: Queen of the Bee (Volume 1) • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Stella by Starlight • Amazon Business $6.98 1 $6.98
Panic • Amazon Business $6.98 1 $6.98
What Momma Left Me • Amazon Business $6.98 1 $6.98
MARVEL's Black Panther: The Junior Novel • Amazon Business $6.71 1 $6.71
Darkness Before Dawn • Amazon Business $6.48 1 $6.48
Forged by Fire • Amazon Business $6.48 1 $6.48
Tears of a Tiger • Amazon Business $6.48 1 $6.48
Ghost Boys • Amazon Business $6.21 1 $6.21
Keena Ford and the Secret Journal Mix-Up • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
The Watsons Go to Birmingham--1963 • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Bird in a Box • Amazon Business $5.79 1 $5.79
Black Panther: The Battle for Wakanda (A Mighty Marvel Chapter Book) • Amazon Business $5.69 1 $5.69
Black Panther The Young Prince • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99
The Stars Beneath Our Feet • Amazon Business $4.79 1 $4.79
A Long Walk to Water: Based on a True Story • Amazon Business $4.41 1 $4.41
World of Reading: This is Miles Morales • Amazon Business $3.99 1 $3.99
Patina (Track) • Amazon Business $3.99 1 $3.99
Monster • Amazon Business $3.60 1 $3.60
These are The Avengers Level 1 Reader (World of Reading) • Amazon Business $3.59 1 $3.59
World of Reading: Black Panther: This is Black Panther (Level 1) • Amazon Business $3.09 1 $3.09

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