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Mrs. Cardiff from Eagle Mountain UT is requesting books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Books Are Our Mirrors and Windows to the World

Help me give my students more diverse options and engaging books to read.

  • $1,037 goal

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My Students

I teach at a school where majority of our students are of a conservative, Caucasian background and therefore, most of the teachers and authors of the texts they read are about or from white, conservative backgrounds. Therefore, our students who are in the minority, are not represented as they should be, especially in the materials they access within our classrooms, specifically our classroom libraries.

I find that all of my minority students are not represented enough in the literature they read and they deserve to see themselves within the literary world.

I notice that when I have a novel to recommend to my students with an African American, LGBTQIA+, Hispanic, etc. protagonist, that I am able to connect with and reach those students in a way that shows them I believe they should see themselves represented in books just like everyone else; also, that they are no less than anyone else around them. I want my students to see how much I love and care about them by the types of materials I make available in my classroom library, regardless of their background, ethnicity, orientation, etc.

My Project

These classroom books will add more engaging and diverse options for my students to read. I want all of my students to have at least one book option that contains a subject, a common protagonist, a genre, etc. that they love and connect with. I push my students to explore and grow as a reader by knowing what they like and don't like through tasting different types of books. However, that is only possible through options; kids naturally have a greater love for something when they have a choice.

Every student deserves to have a book they can relate to and love.

I have taken suggestions of books my students want to see more of/try to read; therefore, I chose these books with their interests, personalities, struggles, etc. in mind. The most effective way to have a love of reading is to read more with texts that interest and connect with you. Through this project, and with these options, they will have that opportunity and have a greater variety and potential to see themselves more represented in the novels provided.

Mrs. Cardiff
Grades 9-12

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Harry Potter Paperback Box Set (Books 1-7) • Amazon Business $45.76 1 $45.76
Marissa Meyer Lunar Chronicles Series Collection 4 Books Set- Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, Winter • Amazon Business $43.30 1 $43.30
Ultimate Unwind Paperback Collection: Unwind; UnWholly; UnSouled; UnDivided; UnBound (Unwind Dystology) • Amazon Business $42.90 1 $42.90
Red Queen Series 4 Books Collection Set By Victoria Aveyard (Red Queen, Glass Sword, King's Cage, War Storm) • Amazon Business $39.99 1 $39.99
The Reckoners Series Boxed Set • Amazon Business $33.05 1 $33.05
John Green: The Complete Collection Box Set • Amazon Business $30.99 1 $30.99
Fablehaven Complete Set (Boxed Set): Fablehaven; Rise of the Evening Star; Grip of the Shadow Plague; Secrets of the Dragon Sanctuary; Keys to the Demon Prison • Amazon Business $29.40 1 $29.40
Divergent Series Four-Book Paperback Box Set: Divergent, Insurgent, Allegiant, Four • Amazon Business $24.30 1 $24.30
The Complete Summer I Turned Pretty Trilogy: The Summer I Turned Pretty; It's Not Summer Without You; We'll Always Have Summer • Amazon Business $23.49 1 $23.49
Everything, Everything and The Sun Is Also a Star Paperback Boxed Set • Amazon Business $23.46 1 $23.46
The Arc of a Scythe Paperback Trilogy: Scythe; Thunderhead; The Toll • Amazon Business $22.77 1 $22.77
Percy Jackson and the Olympians 5 Book Paperback Boxed Set (new covers w/poster) (Percy Jackson & the Olympians) • Amazon Business $18.80 1 $18.80
Code of Honor • Amazon Business $17.99 1 $17.99
The To All the Boys I've Loved Before Paperback Collection: To All the Boys I've Loved Before; P.S. I Still Love You; Always and Forever, Lara Jean • Amazon Business $17.85 1 $17.85
An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States for Young People (ReVisioning History for Young People) • Amazon Business $16.95 1 $16.95
Beyonders The Complete Set: A World Without Heroes; Seeds of Rebellion; Chasing the Prophecy • Amazon Business $15.99 1 $15.99
We Are Not Free • Amazon Business $15.99 1 $15.99
Projekt 1065: A Novel of World War II • Amazon Business $15.49 1 $15.49
Prisoner B-3087 • Amazon Business $15.14 1 $15.14
Long Way Down • Amazon Business $14.99 1 $14.99
Midnight Sun • Amazon Business $14.00 1 $14.00
They Called Us Enemy • Amazon Business $13.40 1 $13.40
American Like Me: Reflections on Life Between Cultures • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
Hey, Kiddo: A Graphic Novel • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99
Reached • Amazon Business $11.69 1 $11.69
A Cuban Girl's Guide to Tea and Tomorrow • Amazon Business $11.49 1 $11.49
The Help • Amazon Business $11.20 1 $11.20
Saving Red • Amazon Business $10.99 1 $10.99
American Born Chinese • Amazon Business $10.99 1 $10.99
The Light in Hidden Places • Amazon Business $10.99 1 $10.99
The Crown (The Selection, 5) • Amazon Business $10.99 1 $10.99
Grenade • Amazon Business $10.99 1 $10.99
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Once (Once Series, 1) • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
The Goose Girl (Books of Bayern) • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
The Poet X • Amazon Business $9.95 1 $9.95
Patron Saints of Nothing • Amazon Business $9.89 1 $9.89
Refugee • Amazon Business $9.74 1 $9.74
Wonder • Amazon Business $9.72 1 $9.72
I Will Always Write Back: How One Letter Changed Two Lives • Amazon Business $9.19 1 $9.19
Dumplin' (Dumplin', 1) • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
The Elite (The Selection, 2) • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
The Heir (The Selection, 4) • Amazon Business $8.49 1 $8.49
The One (The Selection, 3) • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Crossed • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
A Long Way Home: A Memoir • Amazon Business $7.69 1 $7.69
Matched • Amazon Business $7.68 1 $7.68
Salt to the Sea • Amazon Business $7.59 1 $7.59
Out of My Mind • Amazon Business $7.49 1 $7.49
It's Trevor Noah: Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood (Adapted for Young Readers) • Amazon Business $7.04 1 $7.04
Code Talker: A Novel About the Navajo Marines of World War Two • Amazon Business $6.89 1 $6.89
The Selection (The Selection, 1) • Amazon Business $6.48 1 $6.48
Between Shades of Gray • Amazon Business $5.63 1 $5.63

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