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Ms. C. from Austin TX is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Bring Diverse Books to Students in Title 1 School

My students need diverse books that will help make them fall in love with reading.

  • $744 goal

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Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

I have been working with students for 4 years now, which isn't very long. When I became a teacher, I was ready to create awesome lessons, organize my classroom so that it was inviting, build relationships with my students, and differentiate for their different learning styles.

What I was not ready for is how much time I would spend teaching respect, forgiveness, empathy, grit, determination, desire to succeed, confidence, honesty, integrity and how to love.

My students lacked so many of these skills that it became nearly impossible to try to teach summarizing a nonfiction text or writing an expository essay because no one could work together, no one had the grit to keep going when it got hard and everyone was falling apart...emotionally. So recently I have taken some really big steps back and have committed myself as a teacher to START HERE, with empathy, respect, kindness, and grit.

This is where I need your help. I have compiled a list of ESSENTIAL books to engage my students in conversations about these social and interpersonal skills. These books are going to be the foundation of my lessons and the point of reference as I teach everything else!

My Project

Reading ability is declining in students who are in Title 1 schools. Many of these schools have a heavy focus on testing and forget the importance of reading. Being able to read would give my students the advantage they need.

I want to give back to my students the enjoyment of reading and expose them to diverse books.

I want to use these books as a daily read aloud that will get students talking about reading. I also will use them as mentor text and guided reading!

Before you can teach a child to read, you have to help them love reading.

Ms. C.
Grades 3-5
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Burn: Michael Faraday's Candle • Amazon Business $19.93 1 $19.93
The Girl With a Mind for Math: The Story of Raye Montague (Amazing Scientists) • Amazon Business $17.99 1 $17.99
One Plastic Bag: Isatou Ceesay and the Recycling Women of the Gambia (Millbrook Picture Books) • Amazon Business $17.68 1 $17.68
If You're Going to a March • Amazon Business $15.95 1 $15.95
The Three Little Tamales • Amazon Business $14.95 1 $14.95
The Street Beneath My Feet • Amazon Business $14.93 1 $14.93
Love • Amazon Business $14.86 1 $14.86
If I Built a House • Amazon Business $14.77 1 $14.77
You Are the First Kid on Mars • Amazon Business $14.68 1 $14.68
Uni the Unicorn • Amazon Business $14.49 1 $14.49
The True Adventures of Esther the Wonder Pig • Amazon Business $14.41 1 $14.41
If You Lived Here: Houses of the World • Amazon Business $14.24 1 $14.24
We're All Wonders • Amazon Business $14.24 1 $14.24
Alfie: (The Turtle That Disappeared) • Amazon Business $14.24 1 $14.24
Dear Dragon: A Pen Pal Tale • Amazon Business $13.69 1 $13.69
Secret Pizza Party • Amazon Business $13.66 1 $13.66
The Water Princess • Amazon Business $13.66 1 $13.66
Joan Procter, Dragon Doctor: The Woman Who Loved Reptiles • Amazon Business $13.66 1 $13.66
This Is How We Do It: One Day in the Lives of Seven Kids from around the World • Amazon Business $13.66 1 $13.66
The Three Little Aliens and the Big Bad Robot • Amazon Business $13.59 1 $13.59
Memoirs of a Goldfish • Amazon Business $13.53 1 $13.53
Carnivores • Amazon Business $13.42 1 $13.42
Three Little Pugs and the Big, Bad Cat • Amazon Business $13.37 1 $13.37
Deputy Paws and the Puppy Mill Cause • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
The Rabbit Problem • Amazon Business $12.98 1 $12.98
Dragons Love Tacos • Amazon Business $12.59 1 $12.59
Margaret and the Moon • Amazon Business $12.59 1 $12.59
Shark Lady: The True Story of How Eugenie Clark Became the Ocean's Most Fearless Scientist • Amazon Business $12.59 1 $12.59
Dragons Love Tacos 2: The Sequel • Amazon Business $12.36 1 $12.36
The Doctor with an Eye for Eyes: The Story of Dr. Patricia Bath (Amazing Scientists) • Amazon Business $12.32 1 $12.32
Pig the Winner (Pig the Pug) • Amazon Business $11.98 1 $11.98
Sergeant Reckless: The True Story of the Little Horse Who Became a Hero • Amazon Business $11.98 1 $11.98
Mousetronaut Goes to Mars (Paula Wiseman Books) • Amazon Business $11.98 1 $11.98
Giant Squid (Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Honor (Awards)) • Amazon Business $11.85 1 $11.85
Listening with My Heart: A story of kindness and self-compassion • Amazon Business $11.66 1 $11.66
Most People • Amazon Business $11.52 1 $11.52
Saving Fiona: The Story of the World’s Most Famous Baby Hippo • Amazon Business $11.06 1 $11.06
Walter the Farting Dog • Amazon Business $10.79 1 $10.79
The Girl Who Thought in Pictures: The Story of Dr. Temple Grandin (Amazing Scientists) • Amazon Business $10.73 1 $10.73
I Need My Monster • Amazon Business $10.19 1 $10.19
Follow the Moon Home: A Tale of One Idea, Twenty Kids, and a Hundred Sea Turtles • Amazon Business $8.86 1 $8.86
Turkey Trouble • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Chatur the Laundry Man: A Funny Children's Picture Book • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Edward the Emu • Amazon Business $6.50 1 $6.50
Skeleton Hiccups • Amazon Business $6.39 1 $6.39
This Is Not a Valentine • Amazon Business $6.30 1 $6.30
Edwina the Emu • Amazon Business $4.24 1 $4.24
The Great Thanksgiving Escape • Amazon Business $4.03 1 $4.03

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