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Mrs. Lawyer from Windsor VT is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Books Are Mirrors and Windows

Help me give my students diverse books where they can see themselves or people they love represented that will help them be more empathetic.

  • $788 goal

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My Students

My language arts students are creative, enthusiastic, and hard-working. I teach in a rural Pre-K-12 school and 45% of my students qualify for free or reduced-rate lunch. My middle school classes average around 19 students per section.

Books serve as both mirrors and windows for children.

Middle schoolers are at an age when they are desperately trying to find themselves and fit in. I want my students to find books in my classroom that they connect to, but also that give them insight into what it is like to walk in someone else’s shoes. My hope is that a more diverse classroom library will help celebrate both differences and similarities which will help them navigate a diverse world. I'd also like to build up my library with books about change makers so my students can learn to make a difference with our activism unit.

My Project

Finding books that students feel represents them is important to me. I believe many students choose not to read because they feel disconnected from books. I’d like to add more current books to my library such as books that represent socioeconomic struggles, mental illness in families, addiction, ADHD, neurodiversity, LGBTQ issues, gender diversity, people of color, people with disabilities, and ethnic, cultural, and religious minorities.

I want to increase the books I have for independent reading as well as the book club choices to include more diverse books.

Not only will new books increase engagement, but it will create more empathetic and informed students. I have used various tools to check my library for bias and have found holes in my book collection of different kinds of students I feel need representation.

Mrs. Lawyer
Grades 6-8
More than half of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 69 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Indian No More • Amazon Business $18.95 1 $18.95
All the Way to the Top: How One Girl's Fight for Americans with Disabilities Changed Everything • Amazon Business $17.99 1 $17.99
A Map into the World • Amazon Business $17.99 1 $17.99
From the Desk of Zoe Washington • Amazon Business $16.99 1 $16.99
White Bird: A Wonder Story • Amazon Business $16.59 1 $16.59
Where Are You From? • Amazon Business $15.79 1 $15.79
Our House Is on Fire: Greta Thunberg's Call to Save the Planet • Amazon Business $15.49 1 $15.49
Revenge of the Red Club • Amazon Business $15.39 1 $15.39
The Roots of Rap: 16 Bars on the 4 Pillars of Hip-Hop • Amazon Business $14.59 1 $14.59
47 Strings. Tessa’s Special Code • Amazon Business $14.19 1 $14.19
Young Water Protectors: A Story About Standing Rock • Amazon Business $13.99 1 $13.99
The Reason I Jump: The Inner Voice of a Thirteen-Year-Old Boy with Autism • Amazon Business $13.98 1 $13.98
Amanda's Fall: A Story for Children About Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) • Amazon Business $13.86 1 $13.86
Count Me In • Amazon Business $13.59 1 $13.59
Roll with It • Amazon Business $13.43 1 $13.43
Ruth Bader Ginsburg: The Case of R.B.G. vs. Inequality • Amazon Business $13.19 1 $13.19
All the Impossible Things • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
Planet Earth Is Blue • Amazon Business $12.87 1 $12.87
Better Than You • Amazon Business $12.84 1 $12.84
All of Me • Amazon Business $12.84 1 $12.84
Free Lunch • Amazon Business $12.82 1 $12.82
Zenobia July • Amazon Business $12.77 1 $12.77
The Piñata That the Farm Maiden Hung • Amazon Business $12.75 1 $12.75
La Frontera: El Viaje Con Papa / My Journey with Papa (Spanish and English Edition) • Amazon Business $12.62 1 $12.62
Enough! 20 Protesters Who Changed America • Amazon Business $12.32 1 $12.32
You Don't Know Everything, Jilly P! • Amazon Business $12.15 1 $12.15
Give and Take • Amazon Business $11.89 1 $11.89
Pride: The Story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag • Amazon Business $11.79 1 $11.79
Peaceful Fights for Equal Rights • Amazon Business $10.98 1 $10.98
Lizzy Legend • Amazon Business $10.98 1 $10.98
Destiny's Gift • Amazon Business $10.95 1 $10.95
Mostly the Honest Truth • Amazon Business $10.87 1 $10.87
Each Tiny Spark • Amazon Business $10.79 1 $10.79
Let the Children March • Amazon Business $10.78 1 $10.78
Kid Activists: True Tales of Childhood from Champions of Change (Kid Legends) • Amazon Business $10.29 1 $10.29
Start Now!: You Can Make a Difference • Amazon Business $9.39 1 $9.39
How I Became A Ghost — A Choctaw Trail of Tears Story (Book 1 in the How I Became A Ghost Series) • Amazon Business $8.95 1 $8.95
Stories for Boys Who Dare to Be Different: True Tales of Amazing Boys Who Changed the World without Killing Dragons • Amazon Business $8.49 1 $8.49
Marcus Vega Doesn't Speak Spanish • Amazon Business $8.38 1 $8.38
Two Roads • Amazon Business $7.89 1 $7.89
Guts • Amazon Business $7.89 1 $7.89
Crayola Multicultural Colors Broad Line Washable Markers, Art Tools 8 ct. 2 Packs of 8 • Amazon Business $7.85 1 $7.85
New Kid • Amazon Business $7.79 1 $7.79
El Deafo • Amazon Business $7.44 1 $7.44
Forward: My Story Young Readers' Edition • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
George (Scholastic Gold) • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Because of Anya • Amazon Business $6.94 1 $6.94
Rising Above: How 11 Athletes Overcame Challenges in Their Youth to Become Stars • Amazon Business $6.89 1 $6.89
The Seventh Wish • Amazon Business $6.79 1 $6.79
My Secret Bully • Amazon Business $6.39 1 $6.39
Cilla Lee-Jenkins: Future Author Extraordinaire • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Boys without Names • Amazon Business $5.79 1 $5.79
Tight • Amazon Business $5.29 1 $5.29
Gracefully Grayson • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99
Crayola Multicultural Crayons -24 Count (Set of 3 - 8 Packs) • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99
Like Vanessa • Amazon Business $4.98 1 $4.98
What Is Climate Change? (What Was?) • Amazon Business $3.99 1 $3.99
Crayola Multicultural Colored Pencils, 8 Assorted Skin Tone Colors • Amazon Business $2.38 1 $2.38

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