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Ms. Vest from Chicago IL is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Books Focused on Diversity

My students need a classroom library that reflects not only their world, in diverse cultures, communities, and races, but worlds outside of their own. This will foster empathy, social justice, and a deeper connection to reading.

  • $448 goal

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My Students

My students are enthusiastic, collaborative, and curious! They love to create and build knowledge with hands-on and real life experiences. I am excited to foster a community within the classroom where students in both second and third grade use teamwork and respect to learn from one another and grow to their greatest ability this year. Each scholar will be able to reach their goals through various learning strategies, academic choice, and flexible seating.

In this multi-age classroom, my scholars will not be limited by their given grade level, but instead soar to their great, individual potential.

They will continuously be provided opportunities to set goals, self reflect on what makes them most successful, and what they can control as a scholar. This will be a room where scholars champion one another, learn through engagement, and master through a safe environment to adapt through tries and mistakes.

My Project

These books reflect many different pockets of the world. Some directly to what my students experience, fulfilling one role of stories where we can identify with characters, work through experiences, and prepare for what is to come. Other books on this list will open their eyes to worlds outside of their own, creating a sense of empathy and respect for different backgrounds, cultures, races, and experiences. The books in the list range in Lexile levels and cultures, hopefully creating a space of familiarity and curiosity for every reader in my room.

If the world doesn't look like duplicates of ourselves, how can a classroom library be limited to that?

If there's never a connection in a story, how do we grow connection with others?

Ms. Vest
Grades PreK-2
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Fancy Party Gowns: The Story of Fashion Designer Ann Cole Lowe • Amazon Business $15.90 1 $15.90
I Am Enough • Amazon Business $15.41 1 $15.41
One Green Apple • Amazon Business $13.95 1 $13.95
The Water Princess • Amazon Business $13.66 1 $13.66
It'S Back To School We Go!: First Day Stories from Around The World • Amazon Business $13.66 1 $13.66
Firebird • Amazon Business $13.66 1 $13.66
Ron's Big Mission • Amazon Business $13.60 1 $13.60
Daniel Finds a Poem • Amazon Business $13.59 1 $13.59
I, Too, Am America • Amazon Business $13.59 1 $13.59
King for a Day • Amazon Business $13.42 1 $13.42
I Got the Rhythm • Amazon Business $12.90 1 $12.90
Paiute Princess: The Story of Sarah Winnemucca • Amazon Business $12.59 1 $12.59
Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters • Amazon Business $12.59 1 $12.59
Last Stop on Market Street • Amazon Business $12.14 1 $12.14
Islandborn • Amazon Business $12.10 1 $12.10
The Girl Who Could Dance in Outer Space: An Inspirational Tale About Mae Jemison (The Girls Who Could) (Volume 2) • Amazon Business $11.96 1 $11.96
Nadia: The Girl Who Couldn’t Sit Still • Amazon Business $10.53 1 $10.53
Fantastically Great Women Who Changed the World • Amazon Business $10.08 1 $10.08
Lizard from the Park • Amazon Business $9.98 1 $9.98
When I Was Eight • Amazon Business $9.95 1 $9.95
Harvesting Hope: The Story of Cesar Chavez • Amazon Business $9.89 1 $9.89
Duck! Rabbit! • Amazon Business $9.54 1 $9.54
Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters: An African Tale (Picture Puffin) • Amazon Business $9.50 1 $9.50
I'm Like You, You’re Like Me / Yo soy como tú, tú eres como yo: A Book About Understanding and Appreciating Each Other/Un libro para entendernos y apreciarnos (English and Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $9.40 1 $9.40
This Is the Rope: A Story from the Great Migration • Amazon Business $8.82 1 $8.82
The Name Jar • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Freedom in Congo Square (Charlotte Zolotow Award) • Amazon Business $7.05 1 $7.05
Alvin Ho: Allergic to Camping, Hiking, and Other Natural Disasters • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
The Buried Bones Mystery (Clubhouse Mysteries) • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
How Tia Lola Saved the Summer (The Tia Lola Stories) • Amazon Business $5.59 1 $5.59
Starring Grace (Puffin Chapters) • Amazon Business $4.79 1 $4.79
Julian's Glorious Summer (A Stepping Stone Book) • Amazon Business $4.67 1 $4.67

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