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Ms. Coombs from Bellevue WA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Celebrate Diversity Part 1

My students need books that represent their culture and show that they have a part in our diverse and changing communities.

  • $477 goal

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I teach first grade in a title one school. In my classroom I have 9 ESL students and multiple countries represented. 59% of the students at my school qualify for free and reduced lunch. 59% of the students speak a language other than English in their home.

Many of my students are first or second generation in the US and don't understand how they can play a role in the community. Because they don't see themselves as part of the community they don't understand the need for an education. Some of my students have come to the US to escape persecution, others for migrant work, and others to be reunited with family members. Many of the books in the school library show the 'typical' American family. The 'typical' American family is not representative of my class. My students need to see that they have value and a greater role in our society.

Having multi-cultural books will allow students to see a new view of cultural diversity. The books that I have chosen will open the doors to communication that will celebrate the diversity in my classroom as well as enable us to discuss our roles in society. They will provide my students opportunities to see that their worries and frustrations of not fitting in are valid and they will see how the children in the books were able to overcome their fears and worries.

It is difficult to see many of my students feel that they are not part of the society because they are not represented in literature. Providing these books for my students will help them to begin to see that they are a part of the community and that their cultures are valuable. Through seeing their cultures in literature they will become more motivated to receive a college education and become successful citizens.

Ms. Coombs
Grades PreK-2
More than half of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
How My Parents Learned to Eat Ina R. Friedman, Allen Say (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.35 1 $5.35
Under the Quilt of Night Deborah Hopkinson, James E. Ransome (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $7.19 1 $7.19
First Day in Grapes L. King Perez, Robert Casilla (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $15.25 1 $15.25
Let's Eat: What Children Eat Around the World Beatrice Hollyer, With Oxfam, Jamie Oliver (Introduction) • Barnes and Noble $15.25 1 $15.25
Dim Sum for Everyone! Grace Lin, Grace Lin (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
Allison Allen Say, Allen Say (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $15.30 1 $15.30
My Mei Mei Ed Young, Ed Young (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $15.29 1 $15.29
Cousins Elisa Amado, Luis Garay (Illustrator), Luis Garay (Translator) • Barnes and Noble $15.25 1 $15.25
Mats Francisco Arcellana, Hermes Alegre (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $12.55 1 $12.55
Tar Beach Faith Ringgold, Faith Riggold • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
Jin Woo Chris K. Soentpiet (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $14.40 1 $14.40
So Far from the Sea Chris K. Soentpiet (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $14.40 1 $14.40
Black Is Brown Is Tan Arnold Adoff, Emily Arnold McCully (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
Grandfather Counts Andrea Cheng, Ange Zhang (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $7.15 1 $7.15
Shades of Black Sandra L. Pinkney, Myles Pinkney (Illustrator), Myles C. Pinkney (Illustrator), Myles C. Pinkney (Photographer) • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
Halmoni and the Picnic Sook Nyul Choi, Karen M. Dugan (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $14.40 1 $14.40
Hairs/Pelitos Sandra Cisneros, Terry Ybanez (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
Abuela Arthur Dorros, Elisa Kleven (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $7.19 1 $7.19
Apple Pie Fourth of July Janet S. Wong, Margaret Chodos-Irvine (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $6.30 1 $6.30
The Good Luck Cat Joy Harjo, Paul Lee (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $15.30 1 $15.30
In Daddy's Arms I Am Tall: African Americans Celebrating Fathers Javaka Steptoe (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $7.15 1 $7.15
Peacebound Trains Haemi Balgassi, Chris K. Soentpiet (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $6.25 1 $6.25
Jalapeno Bagels Natasha Wing, Robert Casilla, Robert Casilla (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $15.25 1 $15.25
Coming to America: The Story of Immigration Betsy Maestro, Susannah Ryan (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $15.25 1 $15.25
Lakas and the Manilatown Fish / Si Lakas at ang Isdang Manilatown Anthony D. Robles, Carl Angel (Illustrator), Magdalena de Guzman (Translator), Eloisa D. de Jesus (Translator) • Barnes and Noble $15.25 1 $15.25
My Name Is Yoon Helen Recorvits, Gabi Swiatkowska (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $14.40 1 $14.40
My Very Own Room/Mi propio cuartito Amada Irma P rez, Maya Christina Gonzalez (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $15.25 1 $15.25
Magda's Tortillas (Las Tortillas de Magda) Becky Chavarria-Chairez, Anne Vega (Illustrator), Julia Mercedes Castilla (Translator) • Barnes and Noble $13.45 1 $13.45

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