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Mr. O. from Cleveland OH is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

CLE Pre-K: Traveling the World Through Picture Books

My students need build a library of books from all of the continents as we travel the globe!

  • $994 goal

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Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

What did you do when you were four or five? Question, tinker, discover, dream, hope.

We know that basic human needs like love, food, and shelter need to be met in order to foster a child's cognitive, emotional, social and physical growth.

We live in an urban setting with 100% of our students on free or reduced lunch. Our students come from a variety of different ethnic backgrounds. We believe they can be the kind of children who grow up creators and leaders who impact others. Yet, for many of them, this neighborhood in Cleveland is all they have ever known. This is a reality for our students every day. We want to show them there is so much out there to explore and that they can do it. Our kids’ creativity has no boundaries. They are inquisitive and filled with hope.

We want to change the game. We believe if we change the game, we can change our kids' path. Help us with that.

We are excited to help our students in every way that we can!

My Project

We love to read books every day and this also sets the stage for success. But did you know that pre-schoolers who are read to every day have many advantages and benefits? Our goal is to lay a foundation that will set up our children for success. Traveling the world through picture books will be our vehicle. Not only does reading enhance a child’s vocabulary, and to help them understand how to read and write, but reading aloud to children also helps them to understand different topics about the world and everyday life. Through these books, we can develop language skills, enhance their concentration, and exercise their brain through exposure to reading. Finally, reading together encourages a thirst for knowledge and using a range of books teaches children about different topics. Reading these books from around the world will develop a child’s imagination and creativity and at the same time promote empathy. We will build these skills together as we bond through the books.

We want to introduce our kids to how people across the globe eat, live and spend their day.

These everyday activities are a fun way to expose kids to cultures and traditions outside of their own. We want to make a conscious effort to introduce our explorers to different countries and cultures through books and fun hands-on activities we can do in our classroom.

Mr. O.
Grades PreK-2
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 40 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
The Boy, The Bear, The Baron, The Bard • Amazon Business $19.43 1 $19.43
Wabi Sabi • Amazon Business $18.89 1 $18.89
The Problem With Chickens (New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Books (Awards)) • Amazon Business $17.91 1 $17.91
The Problem With Chickens (New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Books (Awards)) • Amazon Business $17.91 1 $17.91
Adèle & Simon (Adele & Simon) • Amazon Business $17.21 1 $17.21
Diego Rivera: His World and Ours • Amazon Business $16.65 1 $16.65
Love and Roast Chicken: A Trickster Tale from the Andes Mountains • Amazon Business $16.15 1 $16.15
The Cat Who Walked Across France: A Picture Book • Amazon Business $16.01 1 $16.01
The Cat Who Walked Across France: A Picture Book • Amazon Business $16.01 1 $16.01
Dancing Turtle: A Folktale from Brazil • Amazon Business $15.95 1 $15.95
Chinese Children's Favorite Stories • Amazon Business $15.91 1 $15.91
Frida (English Language Edition) • Amazon Business $15.45 1 $15.45
When Pigasso Met Mootisse • Amazon Business $15.15 1 $15.15
This Is Edinburgh: A Children's Classic • Amazon Business $15.11 1 $15.11
The Tale of the Firebird • Amazon Business $14.99 1 $14.99
Nelson Mandela • Amazon Business $14.98 1 $14.98
Rikki-Tikki-Tavi • Amazon Business $14.94 1 $14.94
Mariana and the Merchild: A Folk Tale from Chile • Amazon Business $14.89 1 $14.89
At the Same Moment, Around the World • Amazon Business $14.85 1 $14.85
A Walk in London • Amazon Business $14.29 1 $14.29
The Twelve Dancing Princesses • Amazon Business $14.28 1 $14.28
The Wall: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain (Caldecott Honor Book) • Amazon Business $14.24 1 $14.24
Waiting for the Biblioburro • Amazon Business $14.13 1 $14.13
Waiting for the Biblioburro • Amazon Business $14.13 1 $14.13
The Princess Mouse: A Tale of Finland • Amazon Business $13.99 1 $13.99
Wee Gillis (New York Review Children's Collection) • Amazon Business $13.75 1 $13.75
The Hat • Amazon Business $13.75 1 $13.75
The Invention of Hugo Cabret • Amazon Business $13.57 1 $13.57
Mama Miti: Wangari Maathai and the Trees of Kenya • Amazon Business $13.54 1 $13.54
Linnea in Monet's Garden • Amazon Business $13.50 1 $13.50
¡Pío Peep!: Traditional Spanish Nursery Rhymes (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $12.87 1 $12.87
This is Paris • Amazon Business $12.62 1 $12.62
The Ugly Duckling (Caldecott Honor Book) • Amazon Business $12.38 1 $12.38
The Best Beekeeper of Lalibela: A Tale from Africa • Amazon Business $12.00 1 $12.00
Planting the Trees of Kenya: The Story of Wangari Maathai (Frances Foster Books) • Amazon Business $11.37 1 $11.37
The Cats in Krasinski Square • Amazon Business $11.01 1 $11.01
Ada's Violin: The Story of the Recycled Orchestra of Paraguay • Amazon Business $9.98 1 $9.98
The Magic Paintbrush • Amazon Business $9.40 1 $9.40
Babushka's Doll • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
Cendrillon: A Caribbean Cinderella • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
Liang and the Magic Paintbrush (Reading Rainbow Books) • Amazon Business $8.65 1 $8.65
Martina the Beautiful Cockroach: A Cuban Folktale • Amazon Business $8.49 1 $8.49
"Slowly, Slowly, Slowly," said the Sloth • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Yeh-Shen: A Cinderella Story from China • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Me On The Map (Rise and Shine) • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Day of Ahmed's Secret • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
We're Roaming the Rainforest • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Mama Panya's Pancakes • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Tales from Shakespeare • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Sitti's Secrets (Aladdin Picture Books) • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Ruby's Wish • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Bee-Bim Bop! • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Mirette on the High Wire • Amazon Business $7.67 1 $7.67
Grandfather Tang's Story (Dragonfly Books) • Amazon Business $7.59 1 $7.59
Chanticleer and the Fox • Amazon Business $7.59 1 $7.59
Stone Soup (Aladdin Picture Books) • Amazon Business $7.58 1 $7.58
14 Cows for America • Amazon Business $7.38 1 $7.38
Rapunzel (Picture Puffin Books) • Amazon Business $7.28 1 $7.28
Saint George and the Dragon • Amazon Business $7.10 1 $7.10
Madeline • Amazon Business $7.09 1 $7.09
The Korean Cinderella (Trophy Picture Books (Paperback)) • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Snow in Jerusalem (Albert Whitman Prairie Books (Paperback)) • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Beowulf • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Dim Sum for Everyone! • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Galimoto (Reading Rainbow Book) • Amazon Business $6.98 1 $6.98
Mummies Made in Egypt (Reading Rainbow Books) • Amazon Business $6.64 1 $6.64
Caribbean Dream (Picture Puffins) • Amazon Business $6.64 1 $6.64
Who's in Rabbit's House? (Picture Puffins) • Amazon Business $6.64 1 $6.64
Who Was King Tut? • Amazon Business $5.72 1 $5.72
Fiona's Luck • Amazon Business $5.37 1 $5.37
Mama, Do You Love Me? • Amazon Business $5.22 1 $5.22
Dodsworth in London (A Dodsworth Book) • Amazon Business $3.74 1 $3.74

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