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Ms. Lider from Dorchester MA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Culturally Relevant Books

Help me give my students independent reading books that are interesting, academically rigorous, and help them see themselves as valued members of the national and global community.

  • $1,082 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

The King students are members of the Grove Hall Community of Boston. While Grove Hall has been historically disenfranchised by the political power system of Boston, it has a legacy of self-reliance and a generational commitment to education and collective responsibility. Our students stand on the shoulders of giants, please help them reach for their future.

My students want to read books about people like them.

They deserve and need books written by authors of color that feature characters and plot lines that connect and empower their own lived experiences.

My Project

Representation Matters! We are planning to build culturally relevant independent reading libraries for every grade in our K-8 school. Our students want to read. Our readers want to be empowered to choose their own books that meet their needs and interests.

Boston Public Schools does not support Students of Color to develop positive self-consciousness by providing culturally relevant resources.

The books in our school are out of date and out of touch with our students. We recently finished a project collecting data on our classroom libraries. We found that 60% of the books in our room were published before the year 2000 and only 40% of the books were about Characters of Color. For more information about our research and to view the student's TEDx Talks, please view our padlet; https://padlet.com/jlider/jlstvbo2em67

We need better books; the students of Boston deserve books that can inform them about their multitudinous pasts and their potential futures.

Ms. Lider
Grades 6-8
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls - Gift Box Set • Amazon Business $65.00 1 $65.00
The Baby-Sitters Club Graphix #1-4 Box Set: Full-Color Edition • Amazon Business $28.21 1 $28.21
Koya Delaney and the Good Girl Blues • Amazon Business $25.00 1 $25.00
Addy Saves The Day (American Girl Collection) • Amazon Business $24.84 1 $24.84
Women Who Dared: 52 Stories of Fearless Daredevils, Adventurers, and Rebels • Amazon Business $11.89 2 $23.78
Meet Addy: An American Girl (The American Girls Collection Book 1) • Amazon Business $20.29 1 $20.29
The Steep and Thorny Way • Amazon Business $9.99 2 $19.98
The Diary of B. B. Bright, Possible Princess • Amazon Business $17.62 1 $17.62
Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer: The Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement (Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Honor (Awards)) • Amazon Business $15.99 1 $15.99
Library Book: In Her Hands • Amazon Business $14.98 1 $14.98
With the Fire on High • Amazon Business $14.39 1 $14.39
The Poet X (Americas Award for Children's and Young Adult Literature. Honorable Mention) • Amazon Business $14.21 1 $14.21
Double Victory: How African American Women Broke Race and Gender Barriers to Help Win World War II (Women of Action) • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World • Amazon Business $12.73 1 $12.73
Girls Think of Everything: Stories of Ingenious Inventions by Women • Amazon Business $12.59 1 $12.59
Internment • Amazon Business $12.32 1 $12.32
Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur Vol. 5: Fantastic Three • Amazon Business $12.23 1 $12.23
Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur Vol. 2: Cosmic Cooties • Amazon Business $12.23 1 $12.23
The Girl Who Saw Lions • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99
Stories for Boys Who Dare to Be Different: True Tales of Amazing Boys Who Changed the World without Killing Dragons • Amazon Business $11.89 1 $11.89
Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur Vol. 3: The Smartest There Is • Amazon Business $11.87 1 $11.87
Addy's Surprise: A Christmas Story (The American Girl Collection) • Amazon Business $11.85 1 $11.85
Bad Hair Day • Amazon Business $10.99 1 $10.99
June Peters, You Will Change The World One Day • Amazon Business $10.99 1 $10.99
Path To My African Eyes • Amazon Business $10.95 1 $10.95
Little Robot • Amazon Business $10.93 1 $10.93
Portia's Incredible Journey • Amazon Business $10.36 1 $10.36
Introducing Sophia Firecracker • Amazon Business $9.95 1 $9.95
Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur Vol. 1: BFF • Amazon Business $9.89 1 $9.89
Grace, Gold, and Glory My Leap of Faith • Amazon Business $9.84 1 $9.84
Blended • Amazon Business $9.48 1 $9.48
Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur: In the Beginning • Amazon Business $9.20 1 $9.20
Let It Shine: Stories of Black Women Freedom Fighters • Amazon Business $9.17 1 $9.17
Out of My Mind • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
Raven in a Dove House • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
Bird in a Box • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
The Middle Sister: A Novel • Amazon Business $8.89 1 $8.89
A Heart Full of Hope: An Addy Classic Volume 2 (American Girl Beforever Classic) • Amazon Business $8.87 1 $8.87
Shadows on Society Hill: An Addy Mystery (American Girl: Addy Mysteries) • Amazon Business $8.84 1 $8.84
Sound (Salvage) • Amazon Business $8.78 1 $8.78
The Love and Lies of Rukhsana Ali • Amazon Business $8.02 1 $8.02
Brown Girl Dreaming • Amazon Business $8.00 1 $8.00
Hang a Thousand Trees with Ribbons: The Story of Phillis Wheatley (Great Episodes) • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Hold Fast • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
The Mighty Miss Malone • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
The Blossoming Universe of Violet Diamond • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Hold Fast • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
The Blossoming Universe of Violet Diamond • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Crossing Jordan (Neighborhood Novels) • Amazon Business $7.95 1 $7.95
Spy on History: Mary Bowser and the Civil War Spy Ring • Amazon Business $7.48 1 $7.48
Taking Liberty: The Story of Oney Judge, George Washington's Runaway Slave • Amazon Business $7.31 1 $7.31
Elijah of Buxton (Scholastic Gold) • Amazon Business $7.19 1 $7.19
Serafina's Promise • Amazon Business $7.19 1 $7.19
White Socks Only (Albert Whitman Prairie Paperback) • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Sahara Special • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
The Great Cake Mystery: Precious Ramotswe's Very First Case (Precious Ramotswe Mysteries for Young Readers) • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
In the Land of Words: New and Selected Poems • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Mystery of Meerkat Hill (Precious Ramotswe Mysteries for Young Readers) • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
The Mystery of the Missing Lion: A Precious Ramotswe Mystery for Young Readers • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Toning The Sweep • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
The Greatest Gift of All (A Date with Destini) (Volume 1) • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
A Cool Moonlight • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Panic • Amazon Business $6.98 1 $6.98
The Red Pencil • Amazon Business $6.98 1 $6.98
Stella by Starlight • Amazon Business $6.98 1 $6.98
Jamaica and Brianna • Amazon Business $6.95 1 $6.95
Jamaica's Blue Marker • Amazon Business $6.71 1 $6.71
Numbering All the Bones • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Philip Hall Likes Me, I Reckon Maybe (Puffin Newberry Library) • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Gloria's Way (Puffin Chapters) • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Tamika And The Wisdom Rings • Amazon Business $5.95 1 $5.95
Heaven • Amazon Business $5.64 1 $5.64
Julian, Secret Agent (Julian's World) • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99
Lulu and the Hedgehog in the Rain • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99
Big News! (Emma is on the Air #1) • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99
Gloria Rising (Julian's World) • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99
The Moon Seems to Change (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science 2) • Amazon Business $4.05 1 $4.05

Materials cost

$833.24

Vendor shipping charges

$43.40

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$12.50

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$919.14

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$162.20

Total project goal

$1,081.34

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$1,081.34

14 Donors

-$1,075.16

Donations toward project cost

-$919.14

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$156.02

Excluded support for DonorsChoose

-$6.18

Still needed View calculationHide calculation

$0.00

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