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Ms. Kudsin from Kentwood MI is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Books Are Mirrors

My students need books that they can relate to and see themselves in.

  • $571 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

I love my third graders! They are insightful, creative and fully determined to become strong scholars. One of their favorite things to do is to visit our classroom library and nestle into a cozy seat with a good book in their hands.

My classroom is full of students of different cultures and ethnicities.

This is part of what makes us so special! We all may not look the same or have the same experiences, but through the cultivation of a classroom community, we are a very tight knit group.

My Project

My goal is to ignite a passion within my students to help them become lifelong readers. This can be a difficult and daunting task. To ignite this passion, a student must find a book that they relate to and can get lost in. This magical book will look different for every student.

As a start, I am working on diversifying my classroom library to ensure that I have books that represent my students.

I want books that every student can relate to regardless of interests, gender and ethnicity. For example, many of these texts have a main character who is of color. This will be extremely important for my students to be able to envision themselves within these texts.

The best way for students to become lifelong readers is to find a book that hooks them in. This is why I have included a variety of picture books, chapter books, graphic novels and non-fiction texts. I want to get an enjoyable book into every one of my students' hands and this is a wonderful start!

Ms. Kudsin
Grades 3-5
More than half of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 29 students.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup, and a Spool of Thread • Amazon Business $7.19 3 $21.57
When the Beat Was Born DJ Kool Herc and the Creation of Hip Hop • AKJ Education $16.19 1 $16.19
The Book Itch: Freedom, Truth, and Harlem's Greatest Bookstore (Carolrhoda Picture Books) • Amazon Business $14.13 1 $14.13
All Are Welcome • Amazon Business $14.13 1 $14.13
I Dissent • AKJ Education $13.86 1 $13.86
Separate Is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez and Her Family's Fight for Desegregation • AKJ Education $13.83 1 $13.83
The Word Collector • Amazon Business $13.79 1 $13.79
What If... • Amazon Business $13.66 1 $13.66
The Boy Who Loved Words • Amazon Business $13.66 1 $13.66
The Librarian of Basra A True Story from Iraq • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
Each Kindness • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
Radiant Child • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
She Persisted • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
Wangari's Trees of Peace A True Story from Africa • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
Emmanuel's Dream: The True Story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
Biblioburro A True Story from Colombia • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
Malala's Magic Pencil • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
Henry's Freedom Box • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
Trombone Shorty • AKJ Education $13.10 1 $13.10
I Walk with Vanessa: A Story About a Simple Act of Kindness • Amazon Business $12.32 1 $12.32
The Invisible Boy • Amazon Business $12.06 1 $12.06
I Am Peace: A Book of Mindfulness • Amazon Business $11.61 1 $11.61
Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race • Amazon Business $11.48 1 $11.48
The Mindful Dragon: A Dragon Book about Mindfulness. Teach Your Dragon To Be Mindful. A Cute Children Story to Teach Kids about Mindfulness, Focus and Peace. (My Dragon Books) (Volume 3) • Amazon Business $10.95 1 $10.95
Be Kind • Amazon Business $9.84 1 $9.84
I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World (Young Readers Edition) • AKJ Education $8.98 1 $8.98
Ghosts • Amazon Business $8.79 1 $8.79
Keena Ford and the Second-Grade Mix-Up • AKJ Education $4.37 2 $8.74
Who Was Roberto Clemente? • AKJ Education $4.37 2 $8.74
Who Would Win?: Battle Royale • Amazon Business $8.70 1 $8.70
Drama • AKJ Education $8.02 1 $8.02
Smile • Amazon Business $7.39 1 $7.39
Anansi the Spider: A Tale from the Ashanti • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Tar Beach • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Ruby's Wish • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Becoming Naomi Leon • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
The Name Jar • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
My Name Is Yoon • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10
Hidden Figures Young Readers' Edition • AKJ Education $4.85 1 $4.85
Fly Guy Presents: Weather (Scholastic Reader, Level 2) • Amazon Business $3.19 1 $3.19
Whale vs. Giant Squid (Who Would Win?) • Amazon Business $3.11 1 $3.11
Komodo Dragon vs. King Cobra (Who Would Win?) • Amazon Business $2.94 1 $2.94

Materials cost

$447.88

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$6.72

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$484.60

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$85.52

Total project goal

$570.12

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$570.12

2 Donors

-$570.12

Donations toward project cost

-$484.60

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$85.52

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$0.00

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Project Activity

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