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Mrs. Biggert from Palm Springs CA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Building Libraries to Build Empathy

Help me give my students books to build book love, empathy and understanding.

  • $446 goal

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My Students

The students in my classroom come from diverse backgrounds. A majority participate in our free lunch program. Approximately 1/3 of students each year are 2nd language learners. Together they are an amazing group of individuals with various needs, interests, and struggles.

The books in my library need to be beacons that engage and encourage reading, and they also need to illuminate my students to what is around them locally or elsewhere in the world, current issues or issues from the past.

I believe students need a library that reflects their lives and interests, but also the lives of others, and experiences they are not familiar with. Libraries that expose my students to different world views, cultures, family situations, and personal issues and ideas help create a sense of understanding and empathy. Not only do we need our class library to give insight, but it needs to be current and with updated materials. I want to build book love through interesting reading material that leaves students wanting to read more, but with more understanding of others.

My Project

My students are avid readers, and we focus daily on literacy. Each day students come in and engage in Reader's Workshop in which they select a book and read silently. They have notebooks to write down "beautiful words" of inspiration they read, journal and write letters to me about their reading to reflect. Reading takes precedence in our classroom as it is the key to future success in school and in the future. My students love new books to choose from, and a growing library encourages wide reading. Students read in class a minimum of 20 minutes daily, and having books they love helps them to want to take books home to read for enjoyment and because they just cannot put it down. Striving readers, may struggle to find books of interest, but I believe with your help, growing my library will encourage all students to find the perfect books for them.

I want my library shelves to build a culture of empathy and critical thinking, while supporting the love of reading itself.

I want my library to reflect the lives of my students, but also to encourage them to read about lives and experiences they are not familiar with.

Classroom libraries are like a living organism in the classroom. They need to grow and change to meet the reading needs of those who occupy the room. With changing needs, comes a need for book variety to eliminate any book drought.

With your help, we can continue to expose students to cultures and ideas that they do not know about or even understand. It is our responsibility to build book love, and to build empathy amongst our young readers.

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Mrs. Biggert
Grades 3-5
More than half of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 29 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Wait, Rest, Pause: Dormancy in Nature • Amazon Business $23.32 1 $23.32
Todos Iguales / All Equal: Un Corrido De Lemon Grove/A Ballad of Lemon Grove (Spanish and English Edition) • Amazon Business $19.95 1 $19.95
Ivy the Very Determined Dog • Amazon Business $18.95 1 $18.95
A Map into the World • Amazon Business $17.99 1 $17.99
Between Us and Abuela: A Family Story from the Border • Amazon Business $15.79 1 $15.79
Why? • Amazon Business $13.99 1 $13.99
An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States for Young People (ReVisioning American History for Young People) • Amazon Business $13.93 1 $13.93
Seeds and Trees: A children's book about the power of words • Amazon Business $13.73 1 $13.73
Birdsong • Amazon Business $13.69 1 $13.69
Not Quite Snow White • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
Rosie's Glasses • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore • Amazon Business $12.20 1 $12.20
Who Wins?: 100 Historical Figures Go Head-to-Head and You Decide the Winner! • Amazon Business $11.69 1 $11.69
¡Vamos! Let's Go to the Market (English and Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $10.85 1 $10.85
The King of Kindergarten • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
The Good Son: A Story from the First World War, Told in Miniature • Amazon Business $9.82 1 $9.82
Free as a Bird: The Story of Malala • Amazon Business $9.80 1 $9.80
Lubna and Pebble • Amazon Business $9.66 1 $9.66
I'm Trying to Love Spiders • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
Tomorrow Most Likely (Read Aloud Family Books, Mindfulness Books for Kids, Bedtime Books for Young Children, Bedtime Picture Books) • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood: The Poetry of Mister Rogers • Amazon Business $8.92 1 $8.92
My Jasper June • Amazon Business $8.49 1 $8.49
The Care and Feeding of a Pet Black Hole • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street (1) • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Harold & Hog Pretend For Real! (Elephant & Piggie Like Reading!) (Elephant & Piggie Like Reading! (6)) • Amazon Business $5.89 1 $5.89
Hug Machine • Amazon Business $4.69 1 $4.69

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