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Ms. Shillingburg from San Francisco CA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Books That Look Like Us!

My students need diverse books that reflect their own origin stories and the search for their place in the world.

  • $590 goal

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Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

What I love most about my students is their adventurous spirit. They courageously step into new and unknown directions with their reading and writing. Even those students who think "English is boring," will actively engage with their peers when they see how enjoyable and thought-provoking it can be to share new discoveries and original, creative content.

As a Title I school, the majority of our students qualify for free and reduced lunches, which in academic terms, translates to "Books are a non-essential." Yet, when offered a wide array of titles that reflect our neighborhood and school, students jump at the opportunity to see themselves in the texts they pick and what they can do with them.

Additionally, our students become more agile and independent readers, writers, and thinkers when they are exposed to diverse books and explore avenues of discovery through which they make connections as humans across tribes. Perhaps the greatest joy in watching this process unfold, is in the increased self-confidence infusing their writing and speaking about reading using academic language.

My Project

The Hispanic and African American authors on this list are heralded for creating richly vivid stories that quickly enrapture Middle School students. As we use them in Book Clubs and Readers/Writers' Workshop, students will discuss and process how theme, text-specific vocabulary, author's craft, and characterization create an avenue through which they can become independent, rather than dependent readers, writers, and thinkers. They learn how to navigate new ideas for themselves while textualizing their own thinking through illustrated journals.

When students pick up a book that looks like them or where they come from, it creates a natural outgrowth of self-confidence as active owners of their learning.

Ms. Shillingburg
Grades 6-8
Nearly all students from low‑income households

Equity Focus

At this school, more than 50% of students are Black, Latino, and/or Native American, and more than 50% come from low-income households. Learn how your donation to this school supports a more equitable education.

This project will reach 150 students.

6 donors have given to this project.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Refugee • Amazon Business $11.29 4 $45.16
Flying Lessons & Other Stories • Amazon Business $7.99 5 $39.95
Middle School Box Set • Amazon Business $31.36 1 $31.36
The House on Mango Street • AKJ Education $7.68 4 $30.72
All American Boys • AKJ Education $14.57 2 $29.14
The Good Son: A Novel • Amazon Business $12.48 2 $24.96
The Things They Carried • AKJ Education $10.96 2 $21.92
Maus I: A Survivor's Tale My Father Bleeds History • AKJ Education $10.68 2 $21.36
The Girl Who Drank the Moon • Amazon Business $9.95 2 $19.90
The Skin I'm In • AKJ Education $6.56 3 $19.68
Ready Player One: A Novel • Amazon Business $8.89 2 $17.78
Monster • AKJ Education $8.02 2 $16.04
Shooting Kabul (The Kabul Chronicles) • Amazon Business $7.19 2 $14.38
Crenshaw • Amazon Business $6.39 2 $12.78
Walk Two Moons • AKJ Education $5.93 2 $11.86
Night • AKJ Education $5.89 2 $11.78
Pax • Amazon Business $11.68 1 $11.68
Island of the Blue Dolphins • AKJ Education $5.83 2 $11.66
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry • AKJ Education $5.83 2 $11.66
A Long Walk to Water: Based on a True Story • AKJ Education $5.83 2 $11.66
Hoot • AKJ Education $5.10 2 $10.20

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