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Ms. Ewing-Murphy from Durham NC is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Books Should Be Windows, Mirrors, and Doors!

Help me give my students books full of diverse characters and teach valuable social-emotional skills.

  • $818 goal

This project expired on May 31, 2019.

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My Students

The students in my classroom come from differing backgrounds, but all of them bring a unique personality to our community of learners. My students come from low-income/high poverty homes, and with that comes different challenges. As their teacher, it is my duty to provide the safest and warmest environment for them to have their best opportunity for learning. My students need me to be more than just their teacher. Sometimes I'm a nurse, counselor, friend, mom, or superhero, and with that, I strive to help my students in any way possible.

My Project

I have been working hard to create a classroom library that my students can have access to both in school and at home. With the help of donors, I have been able to make this a reality. Now I'm asking for donations to add supplemental books that include diverse characters and teach valuable social-emotional skills that many of my students need help with. I think it's important for students to be able to see other children like themselves in the books they read.

"Children need books that are mirrors that allow them to see themselves and their own experiences, windows that they can look through to see other worlds that they can then compare to their own, and doors that allow them to enter other worlds." —Rudine Sims Bishop.

I have created a list of books of famous celebrities that have overcome challenges much like the ones they face, books that teach social-emotional skills, and books about cultural traditions. With these books, I hope it encourages my students to read and helps them realize they can achieve anything they put their minds to.

Many of my students are not being taught critical social-emotional skills at home like self-regulation, empathy, problem-solving, kindness, etc. I'm hoping these books will help teach my students these valuable skills and give them the confidence they need to go after their goals in life; along with helping to increase their reading fluency and vocabulary.

Ms. Ewing-Murphy
Grades PreK-2
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 25 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Malcolm Little: The Boy Who Grew Up to Become Malcolm X • Amazon Business $17.99 1 $17.99
Stick and Stone • Amazon Business $16.19 1 $16.19
Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut (Denene Millner Books) • Amazon Business $16.16 1 $16.16
A Paintbrush for Paco • Amazon Business $16.06 1 $16.06
Strictly No Elephants • Amazon Business $16.05 1 $16.05
Sit-In: How Four Friends Stood Up by Sitting Down (Jane Addams Honor Book (Awards)) • Amazon Business $15.47 1 $15.47
The Energy Bus for Kids: A Story about Staying Positive and Overcoming Challenges • Amazon Business $15.30 1 $15.30
What If... • Amazon Business $15.13 1 $15.13
La La La: A Story of Hope • Amazon Business $14.88 1 $14.88
The Bad Mood and the Stick • Amazon Business $14.88 1 $14.88
The Rabbit Listened • Amazon Business $14.61 1 $14.61
Mae Among the Stars • Amazon Business $14.57 1 $14.57
Ruby's Chinese New Year • Amazon Business $14.32 1 $14.32
The Big Umbrella • Amazon Business $14.23 1 $14.23
Orion and the Dark • Amazon Business $14.12 1 $14.12
Shaking Things Up: 14 Young Women Who Changed the World • Amazon Business $13.87 1 $13.87
The Girl Who Thought in Pictures: The Story of Dr. Temple Grandin (Amazing Scientists) • Amazon Business $13.81 1 $13.81
Jabari Jumps • Amazon Business $13.74 1 $13.74
Poppy Pickle • Amazon Business $13.59 1 $13.59
My Hair is a Garden • Amazon Business $13.07 1 $13.07
Ada Twist and the Perilous Pants: The Questioneers Book #2 • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
Teach Your Dragon To Understand Consequences: A Dragon Book To Teach Children About Choices and Consequences. A Cute Children Story To Teach Kids How To Make Good Choices. (My Dragon Books) • Amazon Business $12.95 1 $12.95
Teach Your Dragon To Follow Instructions: Help Your Dragon Follow Directions. A Cute Children Story To Teach Kids The Importance of Listening and Following Instructions. (My Dragon Books) • Amazon Business $12.95 1 $12.95
Doll-E 1.0 • Amazon Business $12.75 1 $12.75
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
Pink Is for Boys • Amazon Business $12.32 1 $12.32
Quiet Please, Owen McPhee! • Amazon Business $12.32 1 $12.32
Isle of You • Amazon Business $12.14 1 $12.14
Abby Invents Unbreakable Crayons • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99
Rosie Revere and the Raucous Riveters: The Questioneers Book #1 • Amazon Business $11.69 1 $11.69
Women in Sports: 50 Fearless Athletes Who Played to Win (Women in Science) • Amazon Business $11.55 1 $11.55
Most People • Amazon Business $11.52 1 $11.52
After the Fall (How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again) • Amazon Business $10.84 1 $10.84
Rude Cakes • Amazon Business $10.75 1 $10.75
I Will Not Eat You • Amazon Business $9.98 1 $9.98
It Came in the Mail • Amazon Business $9.98 1 $9.98
Be Kind • Amazon Business $9.98 1 $9.98
Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World • Amazon Business $9.82 1 $9.82
Spaghetti in a Hot Dog Bun: Having the Courage To Be Who You Are • Amazon Business $9.73 1 $9.73
The Juice Box Bully: Empowering Kids to Stand Up for Others • Amazon Business $9.20 1 $9.20
LeBron James: The Children's Book: The Boy Who Became King • Amazon Business $9.13 1 $9.13
Stephen Curry: The Children's Book: The Boy Who Never Gave Up • Amazon Business $9.13 1 $9.13
Dream Big: Michael Jordan and the Pursuit of Excellence • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
The Invisible String • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
I Can Handle It (Mindful Mantras) • Amazon Business $8.96 1 $8.96
Spork • Amazon Business $8.95 1 $8.95
I Can Do That: A Book on Self-Regulation (Can-Do Kids Series) (Volume 2) • Amazon Business $8.55 1 $8.55
What Color Is My World?: The Lost History of African-American Inventors • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99

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