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Ms. Shelton from Urbana IL is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Celebrating All Cultures With a Diverse Classroom Library

Help me give my students a classroom library that reflects their diversity; books they can see themselves in.

  • $444 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

This year I will be providing reading intervention to students with individualized education plans. My students are diverse and I would like to build a classroom library that reflects their diversity; with books that they can see themselves in.

Our students come from a variety of economic backgrounds with over 67% of our students qualifying for free or reduced breakfast and lunch.

Our school is one of the largest middle schools in Central Illinois, with around 1000 students enrolled. Our teachers and support staff are dedicated and caring. Our students are the absolute best and deserve nothing less.

My Project

My students need books to read that are high interest and appealing to a middle schooler. They need books that reflect their culture and allow them to see themselves as protagonists. My students are often reluctant readers because they are reading several grade levels behind their peers. Often books at their level are too childish or about topics that don’t match up with a middle schooler’s experiences. I’ve curated a list of award winning fiction and non-fiction stories that will appeal to a wide range of students. These books include topics that support the social and emotional development of middle schoolers and that will, hopefully, make them more accepting of one another’s differences. My students will use these books daily, during independent reading time.

Ms. Shelton
Grades 6-8
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Dahl Author Study with Classroom Add-Ons (11 Books) • AKJ Education $88.96 1 $88.96
Captain Underpants (8 Bk Set) • AKJ Education $35.86 1 $35.86
Stink (5 Bk Set) • AKJ Education $18.67 1 $18.67
Happy in Our Skin • AKJ Education $14.39 1 $14.39
Sit-In How Four Friends Stood Up by Sitting Down • AKJ Education $13.86 1 $13.86
Seeds of Change Planting A Path To Peace • AKJ Education $13.83 1 $13.83
Emmanuel's Dream: The True Story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
Harvesting Hope The Story of Cesar Chavez • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
The Hundred Dresses • AKJ Education $12.40 1 $12.40
They Call Me Güero • AKJ Education $9.45 1 $9.45
Women Who Changed the World • AKJ Education $7.29 1 $7.29
Out of My Mind • AKJ Education $6.99 1 $6.99
Uptown • AKJ Education $6.56 1 $6.56
A Long Pitch Home • AKJ Education $6.56 1 $6.56
The Cazuela That the Farm Maiden Stirred • AKJ Education $6.53 1 $6.53
Charlotte's Web • AKJ Education $6.29 1 $6.29
Those Shoes • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears: A West African Tale • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Martin's Big Words The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Raven A Trickster Tale from the Pacific Northwest • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Rules • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
The Story of Ferdinand • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Leo the Late Bloomer • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
A Boy Called Slow The True Story of Sitting Bull • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Tar Beach • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
The Lemonade War • AKJ Education $5.59 1 $5.59
Riding Freedom • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10
Granny Torrelli Makes Soup • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10

Materials cost

$342.16

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$5.13

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$377.29

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$66.58

Total project goal

$443.87

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$443.87

2 Donors

-$443.87

Donations toward project cost

-$377.29

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$66.58

Still needed View calculationHide calculation

$0.00

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