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Mrs. Temel from Pawcatuck CT is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Building Empathy and Pride With LGBTQ Children's Literature

Help me give my students books with LGBTQ characters to increase their ability to self identify, empathize with others, and to be more socially aware of the LGBTQ community.

  • $313 goal

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My Students

My 5th grade students are funny, rambunctious, creative, spirited, and diverse learners. They each bring a unique background, perspective, interests, needs, strengths and areas to work on to the classroom. For these young leaners, school is a place of community, discovery, learning, growth, and both academic and personal development. We, like every school, also have students who are curious about how to best identify themselves and navigate in a world that is becoming more and more gender-expression diverse. One issue LGBTQ youth have is the feeling of isolation. This can certainly be confusing. Students may also have a family member who is a part of the LGBTQ community.

I want to have literature available in my classroom where students can see themselves and all of their family members represented regardless of their gender or gender expression.

Society can be judgmental, and challenging in the fast pace of today's world. For LGBTQ youth, all all youth, books mirroring their real-life struggles and challenges are of paramount importance.

My Project

It is commonly accepted that good literature has the power to transform the human experience and reflects it back to the reader. When children read, especially picture books, they can see their own lives and experiences reflected as part of the larger human experience. They can identify with characters, feelings, and situations. Books help teach children about the world around them.

Books can be mirrors in which children see and learn about themselves or windows into the lives of others.

If children never see themselves in a book, they begin to feel isolated. If children never see characters different then themselves, how would they learn to respect others? Reading books with diverse characters is a way for students to have a means of self-affirmation ,and to build empathy for others.

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

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
They, She, He easy as ABC • Amazon Business $19.95 1 $19.95
My Princess Boy • Amazon Business $17.09 1 $17.09
A Family Is a Family Is a Family • Amazon Business $16.16 1 $16.16
Who Are You?: The Kid's Guide to Gender Identity • Amazon Business $14.95 1 $14.95
I Am Jazz • Amazon Business $14.39 1 $14.39
They She He Me: Free to Be! • Amazon Business $13.95 1 $13.95
Who's In My Family?: All About Our Families (Let's Talk about You and Me) • Amazon Business $13.38 1 $13.38
When Aidan Became a Brother • Amazon Business $13.34 1 $13.34
Rainbow: A First Book of Pride • Amazon Business $13.00 1 $13.00
Pink Is for Boys • Amazon Business $12.59 1 $12.59
From the Stars in the Sky to the Fish in the Sea • Amazon Business $12.56 1 $12.56
The Boy & the Bindi • Amazon Business $12.20 1 $12.20
George • Amazon Business $11.89 1 $11.89
Jamie Is Jamie: A Book About Being Yourself and Playing Your Way • Amazon Business $11.04 1 $11.04
Love Makes a Family • Amazon Business $10.79 1 $10.79
Julián Is a Mermaid • Amazon Business $10.40 1 $10.40
Daddy, Papa, and Me • Amazon Business $7.19 1 $7.19
Mommy, Mama, and Me • Amazon Business $7.19 1 $7.19

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