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Mrs. Castaneda from Sebastopol CA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Books Reflect and Celebrate Our Diversity

Help me give my students highly engaging, beautifully written books featuring diverse characters.

  • $416 goal

This project expired on January 23, 2020.

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

I teach English and history to an amazing, enthusiastic group of sixth grade students. Many of the students at my school are English learners, and the majority of students receive free and reduced lunch.

Sixth graders are passionate, curious, creative thinkers who love learning about the world around them.

It is my job to help them see themselves as lifelong learners and caring, compassionate global citizens. Woven throughout everything I do in my classroom is the message that acceptance, empathy, and kindness are among the most important traits they can possess. I want my students to leave sixth grade feeling passionate​ that they can change the world for the better.

My Project

More than anything else, I want my students to grow up to be kind, caring, empathetic, and accepting of others. As a teacher, I strive to fill my classroom with diverse books because reading starts important conversations and makes students venture beyond what is familiar to them. I love to wander around book stores with my students in mind, carefully choosing books with important messages that I know my sixth graders will love.

Through reading and conversation, I want my students to see that, though we have differences, people are mostly the same.

I want my students to seek to understand and stand up for others instead of feeling intolerance or fear. The books I have requested include books about brave refugees and immigrants, strong women, characters of many ethnicities, and LGBTQ+ characters. I have found books about being kind and doing the right thing even when it is not the easy thing to do.

I want my students to read books that celebrate and respect their diverse cultures. I want my students to read stories they love about characters who are different from them and to see the world through the eyes of those characters. This grant is the gift of conversation, kindness, empathy, and a love of reading.

Mrs. Castaneda
Grades 6-8
More than half of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 60 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
More to the Story • Amazon Business $17.19 1 $17.19
The Hero Next Door • Amazon Business $16.99 1 $16.99
White Bird: A Wonder Story • Amazon Business $16.59 1 $16.59
Count Me In • Amazon Business $16.22 1 $16.22
My Jasper June • Amazon Business $15.29 1 $15.29
Lalani of the Distant Sea • Amazon Business $13.59 1 $13.59
All the Impossible Things • Amazon Business $13.49 1 $13.49
Bone Hollow • Amazon Business $13.47 1 $13.47
In Your Shoes • Amazon Business $13.15 1 $13.15
Strange Birds: A Field Guide to Ruffling Feathers • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
Game Changer • Amazon Business $12.88 1 $12.88
House Without Walls • Amazon Business $12.77 1 $12.77
Love Like Sky • Amazon Business $12.51 1 $12.51
Tree of Dreams • Amazon Business $12.32 1 $12.32
The House That Lou Built • Amazon Business $12.18 1 $12.18
Over the Moon • Amazon Business $12.15 1 $12.15
Beverly, Right Here • Amazon Business $11.89 1 $11.89
Game of Stars (Kiranmala and the Kingdom Beyond #2) (2) • Amazon Business $10.75 1 $10.75
Timeless: Diego and the Rangers of the Vastlantic • Amazon Business $10.52 1 $10.52
The Good, the Bad, and the Bossy (Best Babysitters Ever) • Amazon Business $8.61 1 $8.61
Breakout • Amazon Business $8.42 1 $8.42
Betty Before X • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Best Babysitters Ever • Amazon Business $6.18 1 $6.18

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