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Mrs. Petersen from Richfield MN is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Books as Mirrors and Windows

Help me give my students books that reflect their own identity and experiences, as well as experiences of others.

  • $691 goal

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My Students

Our school is located in Richfield, Minnesota, a first-ring suburb just south of Minneapolis. 45% of our student population at our school identify as Hispanic, making up the largest segment of the student body. Many of these students are English Language Learners. Over 65% of our students also participate in the free and reduced lunch program. We are a 6th - 8th grade middle school organized into grade-level teams. Our school offers a variety of specialized services such as: Gifted/Talented, Special Education, DLI (dual language immersion in Spanish), ELL, and Reading and Math tier classes.

My Project

We have an amazing group of sixth-grade students actively working to improve their reading skills and become lifelong readers.

Reading engagement is the foundation for building successful readers and a strong reading environment.

As humans, we seek out and enjoy connections, so it is important for students to have the opportunity to engage in texts that relate to their experiences, cultures, and interests. Equally important is offering students a view into others' experiences through text. Students cannot truly learn about themselves unless they learn about others as well. Finding the right book is one of the biggest obstacles for reluctant readers. In my quest to build a more diverse collection of books, I hope to remove that obstacle for my students and get them reading.

Part of our reading workshop model allows for student choice in book selection. When we have books on our shelves with characters who do not represent our students and their issues, we are pushing them out rather than inviting them into the world of reading.

We need diverse books because they help our students connect more deeply with literature. It is important for students to see themselves and their unique issues in the books they are reading.

Our individual stories are what makes us human. I would like our class book collection to represent a collection of literature that is both a mirror of our humanity and a window into the wider world.

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

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood • Amazon Business $18.08 1 $18.08
Stormy Seas: Stories of Young Boat Refugees • Amazon Business $17.46 1 $17.46
Crenshaw • Amazon Business $16.99 1 $16.99
The 57 Bus: A True Story of Two Teenagers and the Crime That Changed Their Lives • Amazon Business $14.39 1 $14.39
Miles Morales: Spider-Man (A Marvel YA Novel) • Amazon Business $14.33 1 $14.33
Prisoner B-3087 • Amazon Business $14.27 1 $14.27
The Poet X • Amazon Business $14.23 1 $14.23
One of Us Is Lying • Amazon Business $14.06 1 $14.06
The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl • Amazon Business $13.59 1 $13.59
The Unwanted: Stories of the Syrian Refugees • Amazon Business $13.37 1 $13.37
Swing (Blink) • Amazon Business $12.91 1 $12.91
Amal Unbound • Amazon Business $12.59 1 $12.59
I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter • Amazon Business $12.59 1 $12.59
Far from the Tree • Amazon Business $12.59 1 $12.59
Darius the Great Is Not Okay • Amazon Business $12.32 1 $12.32
Odd One Out • Amazon Business $12.32 1 $12.32
Grenade • Amazon Business $12.32 1 $12.32
Escape from Aleppo • Amazon Business $11.89 1 $11.89
Rebound (The Crossover Series) • Amazon Business $11.89 1 $11.89
Booked (The Crossover Series) • Amazon Business $11.89 1 $11.89
The Pants Project • Amazon Business $11.89 1 $11.89
Ivy Aberdeen's Letter to the World • Amazon Business $11.89 1 $11.89
The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora • Amazon Business $11.89 1 $11.89
A Night Divided • Amazon Business $11.89 1 $11.89
Projekt 1065: A Novel of World War II • Amazon Business $11.89 1 $11.89
Sunny (Track) • Amazon Business $11.89 1 $11.89
Lu (Track) • Amazon Business $11.89 1 $11.89
The Stars Beneath Our Feet • Amazon Business $11.88 1 $11.88
Yummy: The Last Days of a Southside Shorty • Amazon Business $11.86 1 $11.86
Bad Island • Amazon Business $10.99 1 $10.99
Amina's Voice • Amazon Business $10.90 1 $10.90
The Crossover (The Crossover Series) • Amazon Business $10.79 1 $10.79
Patina (Track) • Amazon Business $9.98 1 $9.98
Lafayette! (Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales #8): A Revolutionary War Tale • Amazon Business $9.93 1 $9.93
Awkward (Berrybrook Middle School) • Amazon Business $9.90 1 $9.90
Crush (Berrybrook Middle School) • Amazon Business $9.90 1 $9.90
Abigail Adams, Pirate of the Caribbean (Time Twisters) • Amazon Business $9.79 1 $9.79
Ghost (Track) • Amazon Business $9.48 1 $9.48
Marty Pants #2: Keep Your Paws Off! • Amazon Business $9.33 1 $9.33
Marty Pants #3: How to Defeat a Wizard • Amazon Business $9.33 1 $9.33
Brave (Berrybrook Middle School) • Amazon Business $9.18 1 $9.18
Hey, Kiddo (National Book Award Finalist) • Amazon Business $9.05 1 $9.05
Everything, Everything • Amazon Business $8.79 1 $8.79
Persepolis 2: The Story of a Return • Amazon Business $8.62 1 $8.62
The Red Pencil • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Marty Pants #1: Do Not Open! • Amazon Business $7.01 1 $7.01
Rhyme Schemer • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99

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