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

Crazy for Books!

Help me give my students access to tons of engaging, appropriately leveled books!

  • $1,223 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

The students at my school represent historically underserved groups; ninety-two percent are socioeconomically disadvantaged and for more than half, English is not their first language. I’m telling you this because these statistics show that our students are truly inspiring! While speaking another language at home and representing diverse populations is a precious gift, it also presents daily challenges for our students. Yet, despite this, the students show up each day, ready to learn. It is our responsibility to provide them a safe place to learn, grow, problem-solve and thrive.

The thing is, students are innately and intensely curious about the world in which they live.

They are pioneers and explorers, ready to discover new things. They want to know about who they are and why they are. They want to get lost in a book and journey to new places, whether it’s another country, a civil rights protest or Hogwart’s. These learning experiences are extremely empowering. Providing them with these tools and opportunities is also simply a matter of equity. Our students don’t just deserve these educational experiences; it is their right as children.

My Project

The most current and leading research says that classroom libraries should have roughly 1,000 books for students to access. It also says that these books should be current and relevant, books that the students actually want to pick up and read. On top of that, it says approximately 200 of these books should have characters that represent diverse backgrounds, cultures, races, sexual orientations, etc. I personally think 200 out of 1,000 books is not nearly enough.

The books in my classroom library must include protagonists and main characters of color and characters that reflect the students in the class -- students that represent a range of cultures, races, and backgrounds, as well as books that students can't wait to get their hands on.

Seeing yourself represented in literature and the world of books, is seeing yourself in the world. It's seeing your interests and cultural beliefs being validated. It's seeing people who look like you being celebrated. This is extremely powerful, and perhaps more importantly, it is ESSENTIAL. Unfortunately, given budget cuts and limited financial resources, teachers do not receive enough money to build and annually replenish our classroom libraries. Your donations to this project will help provide my eager and beautifully multicultural 5th grade students . access to tons of new books that are engaging, exciting, and so many with characters that they can see themselves in. Thank you!

Ms. Israel
Grades 3-5
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Heroes of the Environment: True Stories of People Who Are Helping to Protect Our Planet • Amazon Business $16.99 2 $33.98
Lumberjanes Vol. 2: Friendship To The Max • Amazon Business $10.49 2 $20.98
Legend of the Star Runner: A Timmi Tobbson Adventure (Solve-Them-Yourself Mysteries for Kids 8-12) • Amazon Business $10.31 2 $20.62
Hey, Wall: A Story of Art and Community • Amazon Business $17.99 1 $17.99
Owl Diaries, Books 1-5: A Branches Box Set • Amazon Business $17.46 1 $17.46
Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur Vol. 4: Girl-Moon • Amazon Business $16.68 1 $16.68
Merci Suárez Changes Gears • Amazon Business $15.29 1 $15.29
Islandborn • Amazon Business $15.11 1 $15.11
Stephen Curry: The Best. Easy to read children sports book with great graphic. All you need to know about Stephen Curry, one of the best basketball legends in history. (Sports book for Kids) • Amazon Business $14.95 1 $14.95
March: Book Two • Amazon Business $13.56 1 $13.56
Lumberjanes Vol. 4: Out Of Time • Amazon Business $13.49 1 $13.49
Lumberjanes Vol. 3: A Terrible Plan • Amazon Business $13.49 1 $13.49
Dreamers • Amazon Business $12.91 1 $12.91
5 Worlds Book 2: The Cobalt Prince • Amazon Business $12.40 1 $12.40
Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur Vol. 3: The Smartest There Is • Amazon Business $12.23 1 $12.23
Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur Vol. 1: BFF • Amazon Business $12.23 1 $12.23
Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur Vol. 5: Fantastic Three • Amazon Business $12.18 1 $12.18
Hello, Universe • Amazon Business $11.89 1 $11.89
Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur Vol. 2: Cosmic Cooties • Amazon Business $11.84 1 $11.84
Explorer Academy: The Nebula Secret • Amazon Business $11.72 1 $11.72
The Storm Runner (A Storm Runner Novel, Book 1) • Amazon Business $11.72 1 $11.72
March: Book Three • Amazon Business $11.35 1 $11.35
Drawn Together • Amazon Business $10.91 1 $10.91
Ms. Marvel Volume 2: Generation Why (Ms Marvel: Marvel Now!) • Amazon Business $10.75 1 $10.75
Nations Of Asia • Amazon Business $10.59 1 $10.59
Lumberjanes Vol. 1: Beware The Kitten Holy • Amazon Business $10.49 1 $10.49
All Summer Long • Amazon Business $10.39 1 $10.39
Lumberjanes Vol. 9 • Amazon Business $10.39 1 $10.39
The Nameless City: The Divided Earth • Amazon Business $10.23 1 $10.23
Lumberjanes Vol. 8: Stone Cold • Amazon Business $10.19 1 $10.19
Lumberjanes Vol. 6: Sink or Swim • Amazon Business $10.19 1 $10.19
Lumberjanes Vol. 5: Band Together • Amazon Business $10.19 1 $10.19
Lumberjanes Vol. 7: A Bird's-Eye View • Amazon Business $10.19 1 $10.19
Princeless Volume 6: Make Yourself Part 2 • Amazon Business $10.19 1 $10.19
Princess the Cat versus Snarl the Coyote: A Cat and Dog Adventure • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Princess the Cat Defeats the Emperor: A Cat and Dog Children’s Book Christmas Caper • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Princess the Cat Saves the Farm • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Waking the Rainbow Dragon: A Branches Book (Dragon Masters #10) • Amazon Business $4.99 2 $9.98
Pop!: The Invention of Bubble Gum • Amazon Business $9.98 1 $9.98
The Last Kids on Earth and the Cosmic Beyond • Amazon Business $9.93 1 $9.93
Crush (Berrybrook Middle School) • Amazon Business $9.90 1 $9.90
El Deafo • Amazon Business $9.65 1 $9.65
The Hidden Witch • Amazon Business $9.62 1 $9.62
The Nameless City: The Stone Heart • Amazon Business $9.48 1 $9.48
The Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight for Civil Rights • Amazon Business $9.09 1 $9.09
The Witch Boy • Amazon Business $9.09 1 $9.09
Rhomby the Skater Zombie and Me (Rhomby and Me) (Volume 1) • Amazon Business $8.95 1 $8.95
The Nameless City • Amazon Business $8.74 1 $8.74
Bird & Squirrel On Ice (Bird & Squirrel #2) • Amazon Business $8.51 1 $8.51
Malcolm X and the Fight for African American Unity (A Graphic History of the Civil Rights Movement) • Amazon Business $8.15 1 $8.15
Sacagawea: Journey into the West (Graphic Biographies) • Amazon Business $8.10 1 $8.10
Paul Revere's Ride (Graphic History) • Amazon Business $8.10 1 $8.10
Martin Luther King, Jr.: Great Civil Rights Leader (Graphic Biographies) • Amazon Business $8.10 1 $8.10
Rosa Parks and the Montgomery Bus Boycott (Graphic History) • Amazon Business $8.10 1 $8.10
Nat Turner's Slave Rebellion (Graphic History) • Amazon Business $8.10 1 $8.10
The Dreadful, Smelly Colonies: The Disgusting Details About Life in Colonial America (Disgusting History) • Amazon Business $8.10 1 $8.10
John Brown's Raid on Harper's Ferry (Graphic History) • Amazon Business $8.10 1 $8.10
Buffalo Soldiers and the American West (Graphic History) • Amazon Business $8.10 1 $8.10
Wish • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Elephants (The Most Endangered: True Books) • Amazon Business $7.95 1 $7.95
Code 7: Cracking the Code for an Epic LIfe • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Antarctica (New True Books: Geography) • Amazon Business $6.95 1 $6.95
South America (New True Books: Geography) • Amazon Business $6.95 1 $6.95
Australia and Oceania (New True Books: Geography) • Amazon Business $6.95 1 $6.95
Africa (New True Books: Geography) • Amazon Business $6.95 1 $6.95
North America (New True Books: Geography) • Amazon Business $6.95 1 $6.95
Lemons • Amazon Business $6.80 1 $6.80
Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad (Graphic History) • Amazon Business $6.79 1 $6.79
You're Bacon Me Crazy: A Wish Novel • Amazon Business $6.71 1 $6.71
Ugly Cat & Pablo • Amazon Business $6.29 1 $6.29
Ghosts Don't Ride Bikes, Do They? (Desmond Cole Ghost Patrol) • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
The Haunted House Next Door (Desmond Cole Ghost Patrol) • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Surf's Up, Creepy Stuff! (Desmond Cole Ghost Patrol) • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Heartwood Hotel, Book 1 A True Home • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Overboard! (Survivor Diaries) • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Dragons and Marshmallows (Zoey and Sassafras) • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Monsters and Mold (Zoey and Sassafras) • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Merhorses and Bubbles (Zoey and Sassafras) • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Jaden Toussaint, the Greatest Episode 5: Mission Star-Power (Volume 5) • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Caterflies and Ice (Zoey and Sassafras) • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Sarai and the Meaning of Awesome (Sarai #1) • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Sarai in the Spotlight (Sarai #2) • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Spotlight Soccer (Sports Illustrated Kids Graphic Novels) • Amazon Business $5.95 1 $5.95
Beastly Basketball (Sports Illustrated Kids Graphic Novels) • Amazon Business $5.95 1 $5.95
The Sweetest Sound • Amazon Business $5.87 1 $5.87
The Pod and The Bog (Zoey and Sassafras) • Amazon Business $5.55 1 $5.55
Night of the Zombie Zookeeper (Desmond Cole Ghost Patrol) • Amazon Business $5.01 1 $5.01
The Scary Library Shusher (Desmond Cole Ghost Patrol) • Amazon Business $5.01 1 $5.01
Eva and the Lost Pony: A Branches Book (Owl Diaries #8) • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99
Search for the Lightning Dragon: A Branches Book (Dragon Masters #7) • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99
What If You Had An Animal Nose? • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99
What If You Had Animal Feet? • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99
All Paws on Deck: A Branches Book (Haggis and Tank Unleashed #1) • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99
Digging for Dinos: A Branches Book (Haggis and Tank Unleashed #2) • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99
Howl at the Moon: A Branches Book (Haggis and Tank Unleashed #3) • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99
What If You Had Animal Eyes? • Amazon Business $4.57 1 $4.57
What If You Had Animal Ears? • Amazon Business $4.49 1 $4.49
The Wildwood Bakery: A Branches Book (Owl Diaries #7) • Amazon Business $4.27 1 $4.27

Materials cost

$912.36

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$83.48

3rd party payment processing fee

$13.69

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$1,039.53

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$183.45

Total project goal

$1,222.98

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$1,222.98

3 Donors

-$1,172.98

Donations toward project cost

-$997.03

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$175.95

match offer

-$50.00

Match offer toward project cost

-$42.50

Match offer to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$7.50

Still needed View calculationHide calculation

$0.00

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Project Activity

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