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Mrs. Isakson from Seattle WA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Classroom Book a Day Challenge

My students need picture books that expose them to diverse stories, diverse individuals, and diverse themes. These book titles support the "Classroom book a day" challenge and offer students an opportunity to discuss life, identity, emotions, & history collectively.

  • $754 goal

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My Students

I have the privilege of teaching and learning from a diverse group of students in the northern part of Seattle. My students are dedicated learners, who practice empathy and compassion daily and persevere through many challenges. The families of my school represent a wide variety of languages, cultures and socioeconomic status.

Regardless of home circumstances each of my students values their education experience and strives to learn more each day.

Reading and learning that reflects who they are as individuals will help them grow into the next generation that will make positive changes for themselves and others around them.

My Project

The "Classroom book a day" read alouds will provide many benefits to each and every one of my students on a daily basis. Literature allows us to open our minds to the past, present, and future and discuss themes that impact our students' everyday lives. These books will build community as we listen and discuss the themes of each book together. Collectively listening to the stories one by one will expose students to diverse experiences and identities that are similar or different to their own. Every title will allow for a rich discussion of story elements, themes and life lessons we can take away as we read.

These opportunities to discuss complete and complex texts together is a natural invitation for students to practice critical thinking &reading skills, to practice conversation skills that require text-based evidence and an opportunity to listen to others ideas and thinking.

Each title covers themes such as identity, diversity, emotional identification and regulation, confidence, perseverance, stereotypes, diverse family constructs, resiliency, creativity, empathy, examples of strong diverse professionals that are examples to our children and so much more. These books will create a joy for reading, an opportunity to challenge the status quo, expose students to people and experiences similar to their own and finally take time each day to enjoy together the love of reading a beautiful picture book!

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

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
The Girl With a Mind for Math: The Story of Raye Montague (Amazing Scientists) • Amazon Business $17.99 1 $17.99
Don't Touch My Hair! • Amazon Business $17.99 1 $17.99
What Should Danny Do? • Amazon Business $17.46 1 $17.46
Friends Stick Together • Amazon Business $17.32 1 $17.32
Mae's First Day of School • Amazon Business $15.50 1 $15.50
I Am Enough • Amazon Business $15.41 1 $15.41
The Day You Begin • Amazon Business $15.19 1 $15.19
Don't Eat That • Amazon Business $14.88 1 $14.88
Flowers for Sarajevo • Amazon Business $14.77 1 $14.77
I Am Human: A Book of Empathy • Amazon Business $14.23 1 $14.23
Pink Is for Boys • Amazon Business $14.13 1 $14.13
Mixed: A Colorful Story • Amazon Business $14.13 1 $14.13
I'm Sad (The I'm Books) • Amazon Business $14.13 1 $14.13
All Are Welcome • Amazon Business $14.13 1 $14.13
What If... • Amazon Business $13.66 1 $13.66
Mrs. Gorski I Think I Have the Wiggle Fidgets (The Adventures of Everyday Geniuses) • Amazon Business $13.66 1 $13.66
Annie's Plaid Shirt • Amazon Business $13.61 1 $13.61
Julián Is a Mermaid • Amazon Business $13.57 1 $13.57
Stolen Words • Amazon Business $13.54 1 $13.54
Prince & Knight • Amazon Business $13.50 1 $13.50
She Persisted Around the World: 13 Women Who Changed History • Amazon Business $13.49 1 $13.49
A House for Everyone: A Story to Help Children Learn about Gender Identity and Gender Expression • Amazon Business $12.87 1 $12.87
Donovan's Big Day • Amazon Business $12.80 1 $12.80
Alma and How She Got Her Name • Amazon Business $12.79 1 $12.79
Earth! My First 4.54 Billion Years (Our Universe) • Amazon Business $12.64 1 $12.64
Be Kind • Amazon Business $12.59 1 $12.59
Shark Lady: The True Story of How Eugenie Clark Became the Ocean's Most Fearless Scientist • Amazon Business $12.59 1 $12.59
Sparkle Boy • Amazon Business $12.48 1 $12.48
Unplugged • Amazon Business $12.33 1 $12.33
I Walk with Vanessa: A Story About a Simple Act of Kindness • Amazon Business $12.32 1 $12.32
Pride: The Story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag • Amazon Business $11.70 1 $11.70
Most People • Amazon Business $11.52 1 $11.52
Introducing Teddy: A gentle story about gender and friendship • Amazon Business $11.41 1 $11.41
Rescue and Jessica: A Life-Changing Friendship • Amazon Business $11.21 1 $11.21
I Won't Give Up (Persistence Project) (Volume 2) • Amazon Business $10.99 1 $10.99
Rumor Has It (Building Relationships) • Amazon Business $10.95 1 $10.95
The Bad Seed • Amazon Business $10.90 1 $10.90
The Invisible Boy • Amazon Business $10.19 1 $10.19
Nothing Rhymes with Orange • Amazon Business $9.98 1 $9.98
From Far Away • Amazon Business $9.38 1 $9.38
After the Fall (How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again) • Amazon Business $9.23 1 $9.23
Meet Yasmin! • Amazon Business $5.95 1 $5.95
What Were You Thinking?: Learning to Control Your Impulses (Executive Function) • Amazon Business $4.63 1 $4.63

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