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Ms. Silkey from Shakopee MN is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Books to Unite Our School Family-Reading Together Every Single Day!

Help me give my students books with characters who look and sound like they do, messages that empower them to care about each other and themselves, and an opportunity for us to laugh and learn together!

  • $599 goal

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My Students

My 5th graders are a bunch of dynamic, thoughtful, spirited, curious, and intelligent future leaders! They are excited about life and eager to engage in our work together as a school family. With each passing day, I learn a bit more about them as individuals, and a little more about myself. They represent a range of colors, cultures, languages, religions, ethnicities and heritages and this time together, appreciating who we are will hold them in good stead for the global citizenship they need for life.

I wish you could hear the laughter and see the smiles of these amazing children who like to learn!

My Project

This year I am participating in the #classroombookaday challenge. This initiative, based on the work of leaders in our field (Donalyn Miller and Jillian Heise), focuses on reading a picture book daily with your students. Through the use of thoughtfully selected picture books, students build empathy, develop common schema, are exposed to diverse stories, enhance their listening skills and have dozens of opportunities to discuss complete texts as a whole class- just to name a few!

These books will give my students that chance to see characters who look like they do, have experiences like they do and are celebrated like they should be!

These books will help build empathy and focus on character traits like kindness and the ability to persevere. Reading together daily is one of the most powerful parts of our day. My students listen raptly, so eager to hear what we are going to read next. These books will help ensure that not only will this class of students get a chance to hear these wonderful texts- but future classmates will as well!

Ms. Silkey
Grades 3-5
More than a third of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Mission To Space • Amazon Business $19.95 1 $19.95
If Sharks Disappeared • Amazon Business $17.09 1 $17.09
Cloth Lullaby: The Woven Life of Louise Bourgeois • Amazon Business $17.06 1 $17.06
Alfie: (The Turtle That Disappeared) • Amazon Business $17.05 1 $17.05
One Green Apple • Amazon Business $16.19 1 $16.19
My Name Is Sangoel • Amazon Business $16.15 1 $16.15
Malala, a Brave Girl from Pakistan/Iqbal, a Brave Boy from Pakistan: Two Stories of Bravery • Amazon Business $15.60 1 $15.60
Brothers in Hope: The Story of the Lost Boys of Sudan (Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Books) (Coretta Scott King Honor - Illustrator Honor Title) • Amazon Business $15.16 1 $15.16
The Hueys in the New Sweater • Amazon Business $14.89 1 $14.89
Crescent Moons and Pointed Minarets: A Muslim Book of Shapes • Amazon Business $14.52 1 $14.52
Her Right Foot • Amazon Business $13.99 1 $13.99
Give Bees a Chance • Amazon Business $13.98 1 $13.98
The Kukui Tree • Amazon Business $13.95 1 $13.95
Hungry Johnny • Amazon Business $13.27 1 $13.27
Hey, Wall: A Story of Art and Community • Amazon Business $12.75 1 $12.75
After the Fall (How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again) • Amazon Business $12.75 1 $12.75
The Remember Balloons • Amazon Business $12.75 1 $12.75
A World of Kindness • Amazon Business $12.73 1 $12.73
Manjhi Moves a Mountain • Amazon Business $12.59 1 $12.59
I Walk with Vanessa: A Story About a Simple Act of Kindness • Amazon Business $12.59 1 $12.59
Lost and Found Cat: The True Story of Kunkush's Incredible Journey • Amazon Business $12.59 1 $12.59
All Around Us • Amazon Business $12.56 1 $12.56
Adrian Simcox Does NOT Have a Horse • Amazon Business $12.31 1 $12.31
Salamander Sky • Amazon Business $12.29 1 $12.29
The Boy & the Bindi • Amazon Business $12.20 1 $12.20
Imagine • Amazon Business $12.14 1 $12.14
Two Bobbies: A True Story of Hurricane Katrina, Friendship, and Survival • Amazon Business $11.89 1 $11.89
Balloons over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy's Parade (Bank Street College of Education Flora Stieglitz Straus Award (Awards)) • Amazon Business $11.36 1 $11.36
The Potato Chip Champ: Discovering Why Kindness Counts • Amazon Business $10.95 1 $10.95
Drawn Together • Amazon Business $10.91 1 $10.91
I Am Human: A Book of Empathy • Amazon Business $10.91 1 $10.91
It Came in the Mail • Amazon Business $9.98 1 $9.98
Festival of Colors • Amazon Business $9.98 1 $9.98
Side by Side/Lado a Lado: The Story of Dolores Huerta and Cesar Chavez/La Historia de Dolores Huerta y Cesar Chavez • Amazon Business $9.34 1 $9.34
14 Cows for America • Amazon Business $8.95 1 $8.95
Rebel with a Cause: The Daring Adventure of Dicey Langston, Girl Spy of the American Revolution (Encounter: Narrative Nonfiction Picture Books) • Amazon Business $7.95 1 $7.95

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