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Mrs. Sweet from Independence MO is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Books That Look Like Me: Diversifying Our Classroom Library

My students need my classroom library to reflect their lives and their circumstances; the books requested for this project will diversify my library to better represent my students' lives.

  • $308 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

At 17.4%, the poverty level of the community is larger than the national average. Within my district, approximately 75% of students are enrolled in the Free or Reduced Lunch Program. We have a diverse school, with many Hispanic, Pacific Islander, African American, and Native American students.

While my students demonstrate high need, they are more resilient and adaptable than many of their peers.

They tend to undervalue themselves as readers and writers, and I have had the pleasure of witnessing their surprise after composing pieces and devouring books they never believed they could complete or enjoy.

My Project

My students need our classroom library to reflect their needs and their circumstances. I live in a district with significant diversity; however, most of the books in my classroom library have white, middle class, female protagonists.

When students walk up to my bookshelves, it's important that they feel that they are represented in the pages they find there.

In my time as an educator, personal connection is the strongest correlation to book love in adolescent readers. The titles included in this project will make sure the teens in my room can find books with themes and protagonists to which they feel connected.

Included in the requested books are protagonists that are Latino, Middle Eastern, and African American. Protagonists in many of these novels face obstacles like mental illness, discrimination, sexism, poverty, racism, and homelessness. Some novels follow the stories of young LGBTQ teens coming out to their friends and families. These books reflect reality for many of my students, and acquiring these titles will ensure that students of all backgrounds feel represented and valued in my classroom.

Mrs. Sweet
Grades 9-12
More than half of students from low‑income households

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Juliet Takes a Breath • Amazon Business $19.99 1 $19.99
The Skin I'm In • Amazon Business $18.98 1 $18.98
No Place • Amazon Business $14.49 1 $14.49
Sing, Unburied, Sing: A Novel • Amazon Business $14.03 1 $14.03
Dear Martin • Amazon Business $12.59 1 $12.59
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda • Amazon Business $12.59 1 $12.59
Monster (Coretta Scott King Honor Book) • Amazon Business $12.59 1 $12.59
I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter • Amazon Business $12.59 1 $12.59
A Girl Like That • Amazon Business $12.32 1 $12.32
Made You Up • Amazon Business $11.75 1 $11.75
The Hate U Give • Amazon Business $11.39 1 $11.39
This Is Where It Ends • Amazon Business $11.33 1 $11.33
Where I Live • Amazon Business $10.54 1 $10.54
Boy Meets Boy • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Piecing Me Together • Amazon Business $9.88 1 $9.88
The Girl Who Fell from the Sky • Amazon Business $9.70 1 $9.70
Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Mexican WhiteBoy • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
The Education of Margot Sanchez • Amazon Business $7.55 1 $7.55

Materials cost

$228.28

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$3.42

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$261.70

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$46.18

Total project goal

$307.88

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$307.88

8 Donors

-$158.43

Donations toward project cost

-$134.67

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$23.76

match offer

-$149.45

Match offer toward project cost

-$127.03

Match offer to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$22.42

Still needed View calculationHide calculation

$0.00

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Project Activity

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