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Ms. Rios-Cervantes from San Jose CA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Books Full of Adventure, Activists, and Diverse Characters

Help me give my students books they can read that portray characters of color.

  • $694 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

This is my third year as a middle school Special Education teacher in a low income area. My students are happy kids who are always willing to learn but who can become discouraged and frustrated easily. I want to have a classroom where they feel safe, supported, and loved so the only thing they need to focus on is their learning.

Despite so many hardships and their disabilities, my students are eager to learn and are ready to do their best.

My students come from diverse backgrounds and often have difficult life situations. I want to give them the tools they need to make them successful.

My Project

What I enjoy most is seeing my students get comfortable and feeling confident about their skills and the subject area. When it comes to reading, all my students read below their grade levels and so when I bring up reading it's like pulling teeth. I want my students to listen to the amazing stories found in these books, see characters that look like them, and feel intrigued and proud. I want my students to learn to love books, continue to want to better their reading, and find the value in the lessons the books hold.

Books with diverse main characters can help change the experience my students have about stories and books.

I know what it means for my students of color to be able to read books that have characters that look like them. To acknowledge that others have lived similar challenges and the best thing yet, to find out the importance of our voice, embrace our differences, and celebrate all values and beliefs.

Ms. Rios-Cervantes
Grades 6-8
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Fish in a Tree • AKJ Education $12.40 6 $74.40
Macbeth (Common Core Exemplar) • AKJ Education $4.34 6 $26.04
Romeo and Juliet (No Fear Shakespeare) • AKJ Education $4.17 6 $25.02
Oh, the Places You'll Go! • AKJ Education $13.86 1 $13.86
Separate Is Never Equal • AKJ Education $13.83 1 $13.83
The Giving Tree • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
Women in Science • AKJ Education $12.40 1 $12.40
Wonder • AKJ Education $12.40 1 $12.40
The Crossover • AKJ Education $12.40 1 $12.40
Auggie & Me • AKJ Education $11.89 1 $11.89
Kindred • AKJ Education $11.68 1 $11.68
The Kite Runner (10th Anniversary) • AKJ Education $11.68 1 $11.68
The Color Purple • AKJ Education $11.67 1 $11.67
March: Book One • AKJ Education $10.91 1 $10.91
Twelve Angry Men • AKJ Education $10.22 1 $10.22
Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince • AKJ Education $9.48 1 $9.48
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire • AKJ Education $9.48 1 $9.48
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban • AKJ Education $8.02 1 $8.02
Smile • AKJ Education $8.02 1 $8.02
Baseball Saved Us • AKJ Education $7.99 1 $7.99
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children • AKJ Education $7.69 1 $7.69
Green Eggs and Ham • AKJ Education $7.29 1 $7.29
Bears in the Night • AKJ Education $7.29 1 $7.29
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas • AKJ Education $6.98 1 $6.98
The Book Thief • AKJ Education $6.94 1 $6.94
Harry Potter and The Sorcerer's Stone • AKJ Education $6.83 1 $6.83
Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets • AKJ Education $6.58 1 $6.58
Fever 1793 • AKJ Education $6.56 1 $6.56
The Dreamer • AKJ Education $6.56 1 $6.56
Where the Red Fern Grows • AKJ Education $6.56 1 $6.56
Hidden Figures Young Readers' Edition • AKJ Education $6.56 1 $6.56
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry • AKJ Education $6.29 1 $6.29
The Catcher in the Rye • AKJ Education $5.98 1 $5.98
Lord of the Flies • AKJ Education $5.98 1 $5.98
A Color of His Own • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Do You Want to Be My Friend? • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Ender's game • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Elijah of Buxton • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Jamaica's Find • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Becoming Naomi Leon • AKJ Education $5.59 1 $5.59
The BFG • AKJ Education $5.59 1 $5.59
The Devil's Arithmetic • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10
Cesar Chavez • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10
The Color of My Words • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10
The Story Of Ruby Bridges: Special Anniversary Edition (Common Core Exemplar) • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10
Who Was Martin Luther King, Jr.? • AKJ Education $4.37 1 $4.37
What Is the Declaration of Independence? • AKJ Education $4.37 1 $4.37
Nate the Great • AKJ Education $4.37 1 $4.37
Who Was Albert Einstein? • AKJ Education $4.37 1 $4.37
Cooking with the Grinch (Dr. Seuss) • AKJ Education $3.64 1 $3.64
I Am Rosa Parks • AKJ Education $3.64 1 $3.64
Who Lives Here? • AKJ Education $2.91 1 $2.91
Scaredy Cat • AKJ Education $2.91 1 $2.91
Where Do Monsters Live? • AKJ Education $2.91 1 $2.91
All by Myself (Little Critter) • AKJ Education $2.91 1 $2.91

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