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Ms. T. from San Jose CA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Building Community and Breaking Down Bias

The cost of 10 books from Barnes and Noble, including such titles as Mean Soup, Words Are Not For Hurting, and Excuse Me!: A Little Book of Manners is $254, including shipping and <a target="new" href="" onclick="g_openWindow('', 300, 800, 'fulfillwindow');return false;">fulfillment</a>.

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This project expired on March 22, 2007.

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Why is his skin darker than mine?” “Why is my nose so big?” “He hit me!” These are comments my 2nd graders have made countless times. As a new teacher in the east-side of San Jose, I love how loving my students have been so far. In trying to talk about difference and sameness in my classroom I have often turned to literature and my own stories to help frame their reality. I have found books extremely helpful in teaching kindness, manners and open-mindedness. In this proposal I am requesting literature to build our library or our “Kindness Kollection of Kindness books”. The books in the first kit are a sensational collection of anti-bias stories. The books teach lessons and hopefully will spark feelings of understanding and compassion toward others. At the same time the books encourage kids to accept themselves. The books explore topics like adoption, differing abilities, friendship, illness and more. I also went through Barnes and Noble booksellers and picked out over a dozen more children's books to add to the collection. The variety of books all include lively, bold illustrations showing manners and kindness at all times! All the books get the point across in a fun and positive way. I would use these books a lot during the beginning of the year and then periodically as issues come up in the class. During the first few weeks when classroom culture is created, it is so important to create a welcoming environment for the students. Additionally because I have a take-home library system, after we read these books as a class, the students will be able to take them home and share them with their parents. They will return them the next day. I am very excited about the possibility of sharing these materials with my students. Thank you for consideration of our proposal.

Ms. T.
Grades PreK-2
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
LK8672 - Anti-Bias Stories Paperback Library • Lakeshore Learning $95.00 1 $95.00
When Sophie Gets Angry -- Really, Really Angry... Molly Bang, Molly Garrett Bang (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $12.76 1 $12.76
Words Are Not for Hurting Elizabeth Verdick, Marieka Heinlen (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $7.15 1 $7.15
Mean Soup Betsy Everitt • Barnes and Noble $6.30 1 $6.30
How to Be a Friend: A Guide to Making Friends and Keeping Them Marc Brown, Laurie Krasny Brown, Marc Tolon Brown (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
Perfect Pigs: An Introduction to Manners Marc Brown, Stephen Krensky, Marc Brown (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
When I Feel Angry Cornelia Maude Spelman, Nancy Cote (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $6.25 1 $6.25
Do Like Kyla Angela Johnson, James E. Ransome (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $6.25 1 $6.25
How to Lose All Your Friends Nancy L. Carlson • Barnes and Noble $5.39 1 $5.39
Excuse Me!: A Little Book of Manners Karen Katz, Karen Katz (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.39 1 $5.39

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