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Mrs. Dalzin from Whitewater WI is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Books: A Window to the Soul and the World

Help me give my students books that represent diversity in all its forms.

  • $429 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

My 24 students are a wonderful, eclectic mix of compassionate children. They come from diverse backgrounds and socioeconomic levels. I have many English Language Learners, students who live in poverty, students in foster care and students with disabilities, both academic and behavioral and students who represent many countries.

My students come with many cultural differences and also with challenges brought on by trauma, but together we have become a cohesive, caring community.

We operate like a family, supporting each other through difficult times. My students have many obstacles and can be challenging, but everyday we embrace a new start. They have grown so much and I am very proud of them.

My Project

My students and my school community are a wonderfully diverse group. I currently do not have books that represent all their wonderful differences. The books I have chosen represent characters and themes including the following: Hispanic culture, Black culture, Chinese culture, immigrants, deportation, learning disabilities, physical disabilities, mental health issues, the Jewish religion, the Muslim religion, different types of families, gender identification, poverty, homelessness, foster care and parents in prison.

Having books that do this will help my students see themselves and develop empathy for others.

I plan to use these books throughout my literacy block, as read aloud books and as independent reading choices. I am extending my independent reading time to make sure students have substantial time each day to choose books, read them, write about them and discuss them. I will do book talks to introduce the books that we receive.

Mrs. Dalzin
Grades 3-5
Half of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Where the Mountain Meets the Moon Gift Set • Amazon Business $30.99 1 $30.99
The Princess and the Fog: A Story for Children with Depression • Amazon Business $15.76 1 $15.76
Gaither Sisters Trilogy Box Set: One Crazy Summer, P.S. Be Eleven, Gone Crazy in Alabama • Amazon Business $15.44 1 $15.44
Funny Bones: Posada and His Day of the Dead Calaveras (Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal (Awards)) • Amazon Business $14.24 1 $14.24
The Push • Amazon Business $13.49 1 $13.49
On Our Street: Our First Talk About Poverty (World Around Us) • Amazon Business $13.41 1 $13.41
Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress • Amazon Business $12.81 1 $12.81
One Green Apple • Amazon Business $12.76 1 $12.76
Susan Laughs • Amazon Business $12.11 1 $12.11
A Family Is a Family Is a Family • Amazon Business $11.69 1 $11.69
Mama's Nightingale: A Story of Immigration and Separation • Amazon Business $11.38 1 $11.38
Deena Misses Her Mom (Books By Teens) (Volume 20) • Amazon Business $11.15 1 $11.15
Salam Alaikum: A Message of Peace • Amazon Business $10.99 1 $10.99
Introducing Teddy: A gentle story about gender and friendship • Amazon Business $10.89 1 $10.89
Last Stop on Market Street • Amazon Business $10.49 1 $10.49
Meh: A Story About Depression • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Julixe1n Is a Mermaid • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
A Shelter in Our Car • Amazon Business $9.19 1 $9.19
Finding the Right Spot: When Kids Can't Live With Their Parents • Amazon Business $8.79 1 $8.79
Canned and Crushed • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Roll with It • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Dumpling Days (A Pacy Lin Novel) • Amazon Business $7.95 1 $7.95
The Year of the Dog (A Pacy Lin Novel) • Amazon Business $7.86 1 $7.86
The Family Book • Amazon Business $7.48 1 $7.48
The Year of the Rat (A Pacy Lin Novel) • Amazon Business $7.19 1 $7.19
George (Scholastic Gold) • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Locomotion • Amazon Business $6.79 1 $6.79
My Family Divided: One Girl's Journey of Home, Loss, and Hope • Amazon Business $6.69 1 $6.69
Stella Diaz Has Something to Say • Amazon Business $5.86 1 $5.86
Drita, My Homegirl • Amazon Business $5.69 1 $5.69
Every Day Is Exciting (Sofia Martinez) • Amazon Business $4.95 1 $4.95

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