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Mrs. Hardaway from Austin TX is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Building a Culturally Relevant Classroom Library

Help me give my students a diverse library that introduces them to characters and themes that resonate with their lived experiences and helps them recognize their own capacity to be writers who need to share their own stories.

  • $932 goal

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My Students

Each of sixty students I teach in reading intervention is currently reading a year-and-a-half to two years behind their current grade level. Many are English Learners who are committed to putting in the work to make growth this year. They support each other daily by giving each other feedback on their fluency and expression and being vulnerable about their current reading struggles.

My students are enthusiastic learners who want to be book-loving, avid readers, but have not found their favorite author or story yet.

They are hopeful and excited about the opportunity to have a classroom library.

My Project

As a reading interventionist, my goal is to be intentional about creating a diverse classroom library that is culturally relevant for the students I teach and large enough for students to find a book that matches their independent reading level. On the first day of class, nearly every single hand raised when I asked my struggling readers who didn't like to read. I promised them that I would work tirelessly this year to change that. By bringing these books into my classroom I hope to surround them with literature that they won't be able to put down.

In addition to being able to choose books that interest them, these new books will allow my students to read about diverse characters and introduce them to themes and complex histories that resonate with their lived experiences.

My students need literature that inspires and awakens their potential to be the narrators of their own stories and imagine a more just world.

Mrs. Hardaway
Grades 6-8
More than half of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 200 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Diary of a Wimpy Kid Box of Books (1–12) • Amazon Business $90.07 1 $90.07
Dog Man: The Supa Epic Collection: From the Creator of Captain Underpants (Dog Man #1-6 Boxed Set) • Amazon Business $49.93 1 $49.93
Jason Reynolds's Track Series: Ghost; Patina; Sunny; Lu • Amazon Business $40.39 1 $40.39
Olympians Boxed Set: Zeus, Athena, Hera, Hades, Poseidon & Aphrodite • Amazon Business $36.49 1 $36.49
The Baby-Sitters Club Graphix #1-4 Box Set: Full-Color Edition • Amazon Business $28.47 1 $28.47
The Bad Guys Box Set: Books 1-5 • Amazon Business $19.62 1 $19.62
Dominicana: A Novel • Amazon Business $18.89 1 $18.89
Free Lunch • Amazon Business $16.95 1 $16.95
Look Both Ways: A Tale Told in Ten Blocks • Amazon Business $16.19 1 $16.19
Gaither Sisters Trilogy Box Set: One Crazy Summer, P.S. Be Eleven, Gone Crazy in Alabama • Amazon Business $15.76 1 $15.76
This Was Our Pact • Amazon Business $14.74 1 $14.74
A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel • Amazon Business $14.39 1 $14.39
Amal Unbound • Amazon Business $13.41 1 $13.41
Stargazing • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
Ghost Boys • Amazon Business $12.87 1 $12.87
The Sea of Monsters (Percy Jackson & the Olympians) • Amazon Business $11.86 1 $11.86
Hey, Kiddo (National Book Award Finalist) • Amazon Business $11.85 1 $11.85
Roller Girl • Amazon Business $11.69 1 $11.69
Sunny Side Up • Amazon Business $11.18 1 $11.18
Beautiful: Living with the Frenemy • Amazon Business $10.99 1 $10.99
Beautiful: Game of crones • Amazon Business $10.99 1 $10.99
The Serpent's Shadow: The Graphic Novel (The Kane Chronicles) • Amazon Business $10.80 1 $10.80
Watch Us Rise • Amazon Business $10.77 1 $10.77
La Casa en Mango Street • Amazon Business $10.76 1 $10.76
After the Shot Drops • Amazon Business $10.75 1 $10.75
Percy Jackson and the Olympians The Last Olympian: The Graphic Novel (Percy Jackson & the Olympians) • Amazon Business $10.51 1 $10.51
The Red Pyramid: The Graphic Novel (Kane Chronicles) • Amazon Business $10.51 1 $10.51
The Lightning Thief: The Graphic Novel (Percy Jackson & the Olympians, Book 1) • Amazon Business $10.39 1 $10.39
Noise: A graphic novel based on a true story • Amazon Business $10.02 1 $10.02
Here to Stay • Amazon Business $9.95 1 $9.95
Wrecking Ball (Diary of a Wimpy Kid Book 14) • Amazon Business $9.93 1 $9.93
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian • Amazon Business $9.77 1 $9.77
The House on Mango Street • Amazon Business $9.59 1 $9.59
Blended • Amazon Business $9.19 1 $9.19
Sunny Rolls the Dice • Amazon Business $9.09 1 $9.09
The First Rule of Punk • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
With the Fire on High • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
Well-Read Black Girl: Finding Our Stories, Discovering Ourselves • Amazon Business $8.87 1 $8.87
Peace, Locomotion • Amazon Business $8.67 1 $8.67
Miracle's Boys • Amazon Business $8.54 1 $8.54
Be Prepared • Amazon Business $8.46 1 $8.46
As Brave As You • Amazon Business $8.20 1 $8.20
The City of Ember: The Graphic Novel • Amazon Business $8.18 1 $8.18
SOLD • Amazon Business $8.09 1 $8.09
Brown Girl Dreaming • Amazon Business $8.00 1 $8.00
Locomotion • Amazon Business $7.58 1 $7.58
Fences • Amazon Business $7.49 1 $7.49
If You Come Softly • Amazon Business $7.19 1 $7.19
Piecing Me Together • Amazon Business $7.01 1 $7.01
The Last Fifth Grade of Emerson Elementary • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Invisible Emmie (Emmie & Friends) • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Awkward (Berrybrook Middle School) • Amazon Business $5.96 1 $5.96
All American Boys • Amazon Business $5.25 1 $5.25

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