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Ms. Wallis from Oakland CA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Culturally Diverse Readers for Girls

Help me give my students culturally diverse books to read that give them insight into the lives of other children.

  • $458 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

My school is a Title I school in East Oakland that consists primarily of economically disadvantaged students from countries across the globe. These students face a variety of daily challenges in their home lives, so time spent at school should be meaningful and memorable. My students show up to school every morning excited for what lies ahead that day.

Poverty can affect every aspect of a child’s development, limiting their personal, educational, and social development.

Despite the fact that my students may not be living in an ideal living situation, this does not dampen their love of learning. Students who may be living in turmoil find it comforting to come to class where there are opportunities to see the world from other viewpoints. My job is to expose them to opportunities that they would not experience in their home lives.

My Project

Reading books with children at a young age not only helps them be better prepared for school, but it also opens their minds to new cultures and experiences. Exposing children in first and second grade to both “mirror” and “window” books – that is, books in which they can see themselves, and books in which they can learn about others- is the best way to create engaged readers and support social and emotional learning. Books in this project have been selected for the girls in my room but may also be of interest to the other students as well.

We can gain role models and inspiration through the use of diverse literature.

I believe if we had more diverse children’s books, that had a broad range of characters in many different jobs and situations, as well as more diverse role models both girls and boys would feel empowered, and they’d believe that when they grow up, they could be anyone and do anything they wanted. And they’d look at their friends and think the same for them, and they’d grow up respecting and appreciating everyone’s talents.

Ms. Wallis
Grades PreK-2
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 26 students.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
The Beach Trip (Sofia Martinez) • Amazon Business $21.32 1 $21.32
Katie Blows Her Top (Katie Woo) • Amazon Business $14.56 1 $14.56
Keep Dancing, Katie (Katie Woo) • Amazon Business $5.95 2 $11.90
Lola Goes to School (Lola Reads) • Amazon Business $11.52 1 $11.52
King & Kayla and the Case of the Mysterious Mouse • Amazon Business $6.95 1 $6.95
King & Kayla and the Case of the Secret Code • Amazon Business $6.76 1 $6.76
King & Kayla and the Case of the Lost Tooth • Amazon Business $6.74 1 $6.74
King & Kayla and the Case of the Missing Dog Treats • Amazon Business $6.73 1 $6.73
Lola Loves Stories (Lola Reads) • Amazon Business $6.59 1 $6.59
King & Kayla and the Case of Found Fred • Amazon Business $6.33 1 $6.33
Piggy Bank Problems (Katie Woo) • Amazon Business $5.95 1 $5.95
Sofia's Party Shoes (Sofia Martinez) • Amazon Business $5.95 1 $5.95
The Secret Recipe (Sofia Martinez) • Amazon Business $5.95 1 $5.95
Singing Superstar (Sofia Martinez) • Amazon Business $5.95 1 $5.95
The Missing Mouse (Sofia Martinez) • Amazon Business $5.95 1 $5.95
Flower Girl Katie (Katie Woo) • Amazon Business $5.95 1 $5.95
Abuela's Birthday (Sofia Martinez) • Amazon Business $5.95 1 $5.95
The Marigold Mess (Sofia Martinez) • Amazon Business $5.95 1 $5.95
Picture Perfect (Sofia Martinez) • Amazon Business $5.95 1 $5.95
Hector's Hiccups (Sofia Martinez) • 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
Katie's New Shoes (Katie Woo) • Amazon Business $5.95 1 $5.95
The Beach Trip (Sofia Martinez) • Amazon Business $5.95 1 $5.95
Katie and the Fancy Substitute (Katie Woo) • Amazon Business $5.95 1 $5.95
Katie's Spooky Sleepover (Katie Woo) • Amazon Business $5.95 1 $5.95
The Big Lie (Katie Woo) • Amazon Business $5.95 1 $5.95
No More Teasing (Katie Woo) • Amazon Business $5.95 1 $5.95
Star of the Show (Katie Woo) • Amazon Business $5.95 1 $5.95
The Best Club (Katie Woo) • Amazon Business $5.95 1 $5.95
Boss of the World (Katie Woo) • Amazon Business $5.95 1 $5.95
Who Needs Glasses? (Katie Woo) • Amazon Business $5.95 1 $5.95
A Nervous Night (Katie Woo) • Amazon Business $5.95 1 $5.95
No Valentines for Katie (Katie Woo) • Amazon Business $5.95 1 $5.95
Katie Saves the Earth (Katie Woo) • Amazon Business $5.95 1 $5.95
Katie and the Haunted Museum (Katie Woo) • Amazon Business $5.95 1 $5.95
Moving Day (Katie Woo) • Amazon Business $5.95 1 $5.95
Yasmin the Zookeeper • Amazon Business $5.95 1 $5.95
Shopping Trip Trouble (Sofia Martinez) • Amazon Business $5.93 1 $5.93
Lights Out (Sofia Martinez) • Amazon Business $5.87 1 $5.87
Yasmin the Chef • Amazon Business $5.64 1 $5.64
Yasmin the Superhero • Amazon Business $5.60 1 $5.60
Lola Reads to Leo • Amazon Business $5.59 1 $5.59
Yasmin the Fashionista • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99
Lola Plants a Garden (Lola Reads) • Amazon Business $4.69 1 $4.69
Yasmin the Teacher • Amazon Business $4.42 1 $4.42
Goodbye to Goldie (Katie Woo) • Amazon Business $3.99 1 $3.99
Yasmin in Charge • Amazon Business $3.99 1 $3.99
Daddy Can't Dance (Katie Woo) • Amazon Business $3.95 1 $3.95
Katie Blows Her Top (Katie Woo) • Amazon Business $3.95 1 $3.95

Materials cost

$324.61

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$29.70

3rd party payment processing fee

$4.87

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$389.18

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$68.68

Total project goal

$457.86

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$457.86

3 Donors

-$278.93

Donations toward project cost

-$237.09

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$41.84

match offer

-$178.93

Match offer toward project cost

-$152.09

Match offer to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$26.84

Still needed View calculationHide calculation

$0.00

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Project Activity

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