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Mrs. Hurtekant from Austin TX is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Books Just Like Me!

Help me give my students books that feature characters that look like them!

  • $718 goal

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Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

My Pre-K classroom is full of curious minds ready to learn! We are a diverse group and we learn from each other every day. For many of my students this is their first experience with school. It is important for me to teach them that school is a place where they are safe, and free to be themselves!

I teach at a STEAM academy and I am committed to teaching kids that dreaming, creating, and innovating are processes that are fun and important.

My Project

These books feature characters that look like my students! The central idea in the books selected for this project include community, kindness, acceptance, curiosity, and courage. These texts will help spark discussion about these topics with my students and will help to build a classroom community that focuses on these values. It is important to me that my group of diverse students be able to see themselves in literature that is found in our classroom.

If we as their teachers, parents, and communities are not actively pursuing a library representative of our diverse world and classrooms then we are lacking a thoughtful authenticity that could change and empower a student's life.

I cannot wait to see the excitement of another un-boxing where an even greater variety of kids can open books and say "That's like me!" or "That's what I'm going to do!" Many of my students have not held a book that accurately portrayed their appearance or upbringing. You can help to change that reality; positively impacting a student's life through books.

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

This project will reach 20 students.

16 donors have given to this project.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Look What Brown Can Do! • Amazon Business $9.99 2 $19.98
Loretta's Gift • Amazon Business $17.09 1 $17.09
We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga • Amazon Business $16.50 1 $16.50
Say Something • Amazon Business $16.19 1 $16.19
All of Us • Amazon Business $16.19 1 $16.19
We Belong Together: A Book About Adoption and Families • Amazon Business $16.15 1 $16.15
Dreaming Up: A Celebration of Building • Amazon Business $15.33 1 $15.33
The Family Book • Amazon Business $7.48 2 $14.96
Planting Stories: The Life of Librarian and Storyteller Pura Belpré • Amazon Business $14.65 1 $14.65
Julián Is a Mermaid • Amazon Business $13.98 1 $13.98
Jabari Jumps • Amazon Business $13.74 1 $13.74
Two Problems for Sophia • Amazon Business $12.75 1 $12.75
Remarkably You • Amazon Business $12.75 1 $12.75
Mary Wears What She Wants • Amazon Business $12.75 1 $12.75
Carmela Full of Wishes • Amazon Business $12.75 1 $12.75
When You Are Brave • Amazon Business $12.75 1 $12.75
Under My Hijab • Amazon Business $12.73 1 $12.73
One Word from Sophia • Amazon Business $12.71 1 $12.71
Lovely • Amazon Business $12.59 1 $12.59
I Walk with Vanessa: A Story About a Simple Act of Kindness • Amazon Business $12.59 1 $12.59
The Thing Lou Couldn't Do • Amazon Business $12.56 1 $12.56
A Family Is a Family Is a Family • Amazon Business $12.56 1 $12.56
The Girl With a Mind for Math: The Story of Raye Montague (Amazing Scientists) • Amazon Business $12.32 1 $12.32
Dress Like a Girl • Amazon Business $12.32 1 $12.32
The Doctor with an Eye for Eyes: The Story of Dr. Patricia Bath (Amazing Scientists) • Amazon Business $12.32 1 $12.32
The Girl Who Thought in Pictures: The Story of Dr. Temple Grandin (Amazing Scientists) • Amazon Business $12.23 1 $12.23
Juno Valentine and the Magical Shoes • Amazon Business $12.01 1 $12.01
The Families of our Neighborhood: A children's book about a diverse neighborhood • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99
The Very Last Castle • Amazon Business $11.90 1 $11.90
Most People • Amazon Business $11.52 1 $11.52
Counting on Katherine: How Katherine Johnson Saved Apollo 13 • Amazon Business $11.48 1 $11.48
Rulers of the Playground • Amazon Business $11.48 1 $11.48
I Am Human: A Book of Empathy • Amazon Business $10.91 1 $10.91
Be Who You Are • Amazon Business $10.77 1 $10.77
Teddy's Favorite Toy • Amazon Business $9.98 1 $9.98
From the Garden: A Counting Book About Growing Food (Know Your Numbers) • Amazon Business $8.80 1 $8.80
Families • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Ramadan (Celebrate the World) • Amazon Business $7.98 1 $7.98
Diwali (Celebrate the World) • Amazon Business $7.98 1 $7.98
What We Wear: Dressing Up Around the World (Global Fund for Children Books) • Amazon Business $7.95 1 $7.95
The Feelings Book • Amazon Business $7.50 1 $7.50
Hats, Hats, Hats (Around the World Series) • Amazon Business $7.48 1 $7.48
Marvelous Me: Inside and Out (All about Me) • Amazon Business $7.29 1 $7.29
Día de los Muertos (Celebrate the World) • Amazon Business $7.00 1 $7.00
The Princess and the Pea • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Shoes, Shoes, Shoes (Mulberry Books) • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Lola Plants a Garden • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Diwali (Holidays and Festivals) • Amazon Business $6.29 1 $6.29
Clive Is a Nurse • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99
Afro-Bets 1,2,3 • Amazon Business $3.99 1 $3.99

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