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Ms. Rubin from Oakland CA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Books for TK!

Help me give my students books that support their social-emotional learning and help provide a diverse curriculum!

  • $802 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

My TK students are incredible. They are a diverse group of five-year-olds who love to learn, play, and read. They come from a variety of neighborhoods around Oakland and we focus daily on how important our local community is in our lives. For many students, this is their first year of school. For almost all, it is the first time they have been in a full day classroom with curriculum, older kids nearby, and elementary school expectations. It is a scary and exciting time for all of us! We work every day to strengthen our social-emotional skills and learn the building blocks to be successful, compassionate citizens of our local and global communities.

My Project

In California, Transitional Kindergarten does not yet have a Common Core curriculum. That means that the curriculum is teacher-made, and I use picture books as the starting point for all of our lessons so they are engaging and approachable.

We want a curriculum that is diverse, inclusive, and helps young students learn social-emotional skills at the start of their educational journey!

This means that we need books to explore identity, family, community, holidays, and social justice. In Oakland, it is essential for students to see themselves reflected in the books we read. Reading stories that they love and identify with helps support their emotional growth and provides their first steps into literacy.

Expanding our classroom library is a critical tool to help TK students succeed. We read at least three books a day and students have silent reading time to explore the worlds inside these books. Help grow our classroom library to be as wonderful and diverse as the students reading these stories!

Ms. Rubin
Grades PreK-2
More than a third of students from low‑income households

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Me On The Map (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) (Reading Rainbow Readers) (English and Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $18.40 1 $18.40
Life • Amazon Business $17.09 1 $17.09
Horsefly and Honeybee: A Picture Book • Amazon Business $16.99 1 $16.99
Malala's Magic Pencil • Amazon Business $16.19 1 $16.19
Stick and Stone • Amazon Business $16.19 1 $16.19
Henry's Freedom Box: A True Story from the Underground Railroad • Amazon Business $16.15 1 $16.15
I'm a Girl! • Amazon Business $16.14 1 $16.14
Big Friends • Amazon Business $16.14 1 $16.14
Scrawny Cat • Amazon Business $16.12 1 $16.12
Lost and Found • Amazon Business $15.30 1 $15.30
Hunter and His Amazing Remote Control • Amazon Business $14.95 1 $14.95
The Girl and the Bicycle • Amazon Business $14.61 1 $14.61
Islandborn • Amazon Business $14.56 1 $14.56
Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl's Courage Changed Music • Amazon Business $13.94 1 $13.94
Friendshape • Amazon Business $13.78 1 $13.78
Jabari Jumps • Amazon Business $13.74 1 $13.74
Emmanuel's Dream: The True Story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah • Amazon Business $13.57 1 $13.57
Anh's Anger • Amazon Business $13.56 1 $13.56
C is for Consent • Amazon Business $13.45 1 $13.45
Ribbit! • Amazon Business $13.37 1 $13.37
ABC A Family Alphabet Book • Amazon Business $12.95 1 $12.95
Say Something • Amazon Business $12.73 1 $12.73
Rulers of the Playground • Amazon Business $12.50 1 $12.50
She Persisted: 13 American Women Who Changed the World • Amazon Business $12.22 1 $12.22
Don't Think About Purple Elephants • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99
Boy and Bot • Amazon Business $11.89 1 $11.89
Steps and Stones: An Anh's Anger Story • Amazon Business $11.70 1 $11.70
Thankful • Amazon Business $11.54 1 $11.54
Everyone Can Learn to Ride a Bicycle • Amazon Business $11.47 1 $11.47
How Full Is Your Bucket? For Kids • Amazon Business $11.29 1 $11.29
Quackers • Amazon Business $11.19 1 $11.19
The Dark (Bccb Blue Ribbon Picture Book Awards (Awards)) • Amazon Business $10.98 1 $10.98
Thunder Boy Jr. (Bccb Blue Ribbon Picture Book Awards (Awards)) • Amazon Business $10.28 1 $10.28
The Dot • Amazon Business $10.02 1 $10.02
Horrible Bear! • Amazon Business $9.98 1 $9.98
Yo Soy Muslim: A Father's Letter to His Daughter • Amazon Business $9.98 1 $9.98
The Bear and the Piano • Amazon Business $9.56 1 $9.56
Lying Up a Storm • Amazon Business $9.45 1 $9.45
The Girl Who Never Made Mistakes • Amazon Business $9.40 1 $9.40
A is for Activist • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
Counting on Community • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
Can You Say Peace? • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Crabby Pants (Little Boost) • Amazon Business $7.95 1 $7.95
If You Were a Minus Sign (Math Fun) • Amazon Business $7.95 1 $7.95
The Old Woman Who Named Things • Amazon Business $7.00 1 $7.00
When Sophie Gets Angry--Really, Really Angry… (Scholastic Bookshelf) • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Heather Has Two Mommies • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
If You Were a Plus Sign (Math Fun) • Amazon Business $5.76 1 $5.76
I Love My Hair! • Amazon Business $4.39 1 $4.39

Materials cost

$588.36

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$53.83

3rd party payment processing fee

$8.83

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$681.02

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$120.18

Total project goal

$801.20

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$801.20

8 Donors

-$738.40

Donations toward project cost

-$681.02

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$57.38

Excluded support for DonorsChoose

-$62.80

Still needed View calculationHide calculation

$0.00

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