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Ms. Elmansoumi from San Francisco CA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Books on Kindness and Empowerment Encourage Kind and Powerful Kids

My students need more books about African Americans who have made significant contributions to history, and fiction books such as the Jaden Toussaint series with lovable and exciting characters of color who represent them.

  • $550 goal

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My Students

A typical day in our school library consists of classes coming in to hear a story read aloud and then to check out books. During lunch, groups of students choose to spend their free time in the library playing cooperative games, drawing, and making crafts.

The students at my elementary school are primarily African American and live in the neighborhood.

More and more of our students are reading at grade level, but most of our students do not have many toys and games at home. We are a small community school in a neighborhood with few amenities like grocery stores.

Our students are curious and excited about the world, love to read, and they are eager to try new activities that they don't get to do at home or in their community! The school library is a place where students nurture their own love of learning. It is a joyful place where all students feel welcome. This is so important in order to encourage our youth to fall in love with reading, find their personal talents and interests, explore their imagination, take creative risks, and become life-long learners.

My Project

The books I have chosen for this order will refresh our school library. The selection consists of a mixture of popular literature of high interest, books about African American figures who have made significant contributions to history but have not been widely written about, fiction featuring African American main characters, or books for read-alouds about kindness for our Kind Kids Club.

My students reading scores are exceeding our goals, and our students need a wide variety of literature to excite them and sustain their interest in reading.

These books will go a long way to help us achieve this goal!

Ms. Elmansoumi
Grades 3-5
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Jaden Toussaint, the Greatest Episode 4: Attack of the Swamp Thing • Amazon Business $19.99 1 $19.99
Jaden Toussaint, the Greatest Episode 3: Muffin Wars • Amazon Business $19.99 1 $19.99
Jaden Toussaint, the Greatest Episode 5: Mission Star-Power • Amazon Business $19.97 1 $19.97
Jaden Toussaint, the Greatest Episode 2: The Ladek Invasion • Amazon Business $19.97 1 $19.97
Jaden Toussaint, the Greatest Episode 1: The Quest for Screen Time • Amazon Business $17.44 1 $17.44
The Twelve Dancing Princesses (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) • Amazon Business $17.18 1 $17.18
The Princess And The Pea (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) • Amazon Business $17.18 1 $17.18
Mae Jemison (You Should Meet) • Amazon Business $16.97 1 $16.97
Rapunzel • Amazon Business $13.99 1 $13.99
Hansel and Gretel • Amazon Business $13.59 1 $13.59
Rulers of the Playground • Amazon Business $12.75 1 $12.75
The Word Collector • Amazon Business $12.75 1 $12.75
Love • Amazon Business $12.75 1 $12.75
Margaret and the Moon • Amazon Business $12.59 1 $12.59
Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters • Amazon Business $12.59 1 $12.59
She Persisted: 13 American Women Who Changed the World • Amazon Business $12.36 1 $12.36
Katherine Johnson (You Should Meet) • Amazon Business $12.14 1 $12.14
Misty Copeland (You Should Meet) • Amazon Business $11.89 1 $11.89
Grump Groan Growl • Amazon Business $11.80 1 $11.80
Firebird • Amazon Business $11.80 1 $11.80
Listening with My Heart: A story of kindness and self-compassion • Amazon Business $11.76 1 $11.76
Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History • Amazon Business $11.68 1 $11.68
Little Feminist Board Book Set • Amazon Business $11.26 1 $11.26
The New Kid: The Carver Chronicles, Book Five • Amazon Business $10.91 1 $10.91
Skin Again • Amazon Business $10.79 1 $10.79
Have You Filled a Bucket Today?: A Guide to Daily Happiness for Kids • Amazon Business $10.46 1 $10.46
Dork Diaries 12: Tales from a Not-So-Secret Crush Catastrophe • Amazon Business $9.78 1 $9.78
The Getaway • Amazon Business $9.59 1 $9.59
A is for Activist • Amazon Business $9.32 1 $9.32

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