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

Characters Like Us: Creating a Culturally Diverse Classroom Library!

Help me give my students books that allow them to see themselves as well as be exposed to other cultures and experiences they may not have learned about yet!

  • $501 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

In my class, I have a very diverse group of 22 students. They come to school with different socio-economic backgrounds, family sizes, cultures, and religions. Within my class community, I have students who are in the Free and Reduced Price Lunch program, as well as students who are identified as English Language Learners. While my own class size is 22, this project can reach 140 students in all during grade-level classroom rotations and other whole grade-level learning.

My students need books and stories that reflect who they are.

Every student should see themselves in a book - I hope this project allows my students to gain access to characters that look like them and have similar life experiences. At the same time, I want to expose my students to a collection of books that celebrates diversity.

My Project

“Books are sometimes windows, offering views of worlds that may be real or imagined, familiar or strange. These windows are also sliding glass doors, and readers have only to walk through in imagination to become part of whatever world has been created or recreated by the author. When lighting conditions are just right, however, a window can also be a mirror. Literature transforms human experience and reflects it back to us, and in that reflection we can see our own lives and experiences as part of a larger human experience. Reading, then, becomes a means of self-affirmation, and readers often seek their mirrors in books.”

― Rudine Sims Bishop

Help me offer my students books that can serve as windows and mirrors! My first grade class community is full of diverse learners - from cultures to family backgrounds, each student needs to see aspects of their identities represented in the books I am placing in their hands.

The books listed for their project include nonfiction biographical read-a-louds, picture books, and short chapter books. I plan on reading these stories to my students as well as offer the books for my students to read on their own. As the year progresses, I want to be able to pull from this library to expose my students to characters similar to them and different to them. With this collection of diverse texts, I hope to inspire my students to continue to read and to continue to learn about the world around them!

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This project will reach 140 students.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Don't Touch My Hair! • Amazon Business $17.99 1 $17.99
Star of the Week: A Story of Love, Adoption, and Brownies with Sprinkles • Amazon Business $16.68 1 $16.68
Peaceful Fights for Equal Rights • Amazon Business $16.19 1 $16.19
Something Happened in Our Town: A Child's Story About Racial Injustice • Amazon Business $15.48 1 $15.48
Mixed Me! • Amazon Business $14.15 1 $14.15
Under My Hijab • Amazon Business $13.92 1 $13.92
The Youngest Marcher: The Story of Audrey Faye Hendricks, a Young Civil Rights Activist • Amazon Business $13.86 1 $13.86
Dancing Hands: How Teresa Carreño Played the Piano for President Lincoln • Amazon Business $13.73 1 $13.73
Keith Haring: The Boy Who Just Kept Drawing • Amazon Business $13.64 1 $13.64
Drawn Together • Amazon Business $13.49 1 $13.49
Mary Wears What She Wants • Amazon Business $13.49 1 $13.49
Lailah's Lunchbox: A Ramadan Story • Amazon Business $12.87 1 $12.87
Alma and How She Got Her Name • Amazon Business $12.26 1 $12.26
Just Ask!: Be Different, Be Brave, Be You • Amazon Business $11.78 1 $11.78
The Journey • Amazon Business $11.61 1 $11.61
What Can a Citizen Do? (Kids Story Books, Cute Children's Books, Kids Picture Books, Citizenship Books for Kids) • Amazon Business $11.48 1 $11.48
Stella Brings the Family • Amazon Business $10.28 1 $10.28
Chocolate Milk, Por Favor: Celebrating Diversity with Empathy • Amazon Business $9.86 1 $9.86
Thread of Love • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
Holidays Around the World: Celebrate Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur: With Honey, Prayers, and the Shofar • Amazon Business $7.07 1 $7.07
Alvin Ho: Allergic to Babies, Burglars, and Other Bumps in the Night • Amazon Business $6.95 1 $6.95
Green Is a Chile Pepper: A Book of Colors (Color Books for Kids, Hispanic Books for Kids, Early Reader Books) • Amazon Business $6.79 1 $6.79
EllRay Jakes Is Not a Chicken • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
EllRay Jakes Is a Rock Star • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Alvin Ho: Allergic to Dead Bodies, Funerals, and Other Fatal Circumstances • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
EllRay Jakes Is Magic • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Meet Yasmin! • Amazon Business $5.95 1 $5.95
Yasmin the Builder • Amazon Business $5.95 1 $5.95
Yasmin the Explorer • Amazon Business $5.95 1 $5.95
Yasmin the Zookeeper • Amazon Business $5.66 1 $5.66
Yasmin the Chef • Amazon Business $5.64 1 $5.64
Yasmin the Superhero • Amazon Business $5.44 1 $5.44
Yasmin the Painter • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99
Yasmin the Teacher • Amazon Business $4.42 1 $4.42
Yasmin in Charge • Amazon Business $3.99 1 $3.99
EllRay Jakes the Recess King! • Amazon Business $3.29 1 $3.29
EllRay Jakes and the Beanstalk • Amazon Business $3.29 1 $3.29
EllRay Jakes Stands Tall • Amazon Business $3.29 1 $3.29
Ellray Jakes the Dragon Slayer • Amazon Business $2.91 1 $2.91

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