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Mrs. Roberts from Rochester NY is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Culturally Relevant Reading

My students need books like Little Melba and Her Big Trombone that have characters and subjects they can identify with.

  • $400 goal

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My Students

As a teacher in a high poverty/low-income urban area, my students face many challenges in and out of the classroom. Despite these challenges, my students come to school curious and eager to learn.

My students are bright, energetic, and lively!

They love to move, create, and interact with each other. The majority of my students receive free lunch based on their socioeconomic status. Many are being raised by someone other than their biological parents. These obstacles may prevent them from having the "typical" early childhood experiences.

My school is engaging in a new instructional model this year to better support student learning. My students will be together as a grade level all day, with 2 general education teachers, 1 special education teacher and 1 reading intervention teacher providing full day support.

My Project

My students are diverse, but our books aren't. Children who have access to books that have characters like them and that embrace different cultures develop a stronger love of reading than children who don't. I want my students to have book choices that represent their lives and teach them about the cultures of other children in our school.

Now, more than ever, it is important for my students to learn about how wonderful diversity is and how to be kind to one another.

My students also need to see themselves reflected in books. This will help them connect to the characters and develop a love of reading.

These books will not only make read alouds and independent reading time more engaging for my students, but will also teach them to celebrate diversity.

Mrs. Roberts
Grades PreK-2
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Little Melba and Her Big Trombone • Amazon Business $18.95 1 $18.95
The Day You Begin • Amazon Business $15.19 1 $15.19
The Ring Bearer • Amazon Business $14.65 1 $14.65
Mae Among the Stars • Amazon Business $14.53 1 $14.53
Ruth and the Green Book • Amazon Business $14.39 1 $14.39
Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat (Americas Award for Children's and Young Adult Literature. Commended) • Amazon Business $14.39 1 $14.39
Hey Black Child • Amazon Business $14.39 1 $14.39
Around Our Way on Neighbors' Day • Amazon Business $13.39 1 $13.39
The Moon Over Star • Amazon Business $13.32 1 $13.32
Knock Knock: My Dad's Dream for Me • Amazon Business $13.29 1 $13.29
Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History (Vashti Harrison) • Amazon Business $12.90 1 $12.90
Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut (Denene Millner Books) • Amazon Business $12.56 1 $12.56
Early Sunday Morning (Denene Millner Books) • Amazon Business $12.56 1 $12.56
Big Hair, Don't Care • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99
Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race • Amazon Business $11.48 1 $11.48
Hank's Big Day: The Story of a Bug • Amazon Business $11.29 1 $11.29
Marvelous Cornelius: Hurricane Katrina and the Spirit of New Orleans • Amazon Business $11.29 1 $11.29
Grace for President • Amazon Business $9.85 1 $9.85
I'm a Pretty Little Black Girl! (I'm a Girl! Collection) • Amazon Business $9.77 1 $9.77
The Quickest Kid in Clarksville • Amazon Business $9.46 1 $9.46
I'm A Big Brother Now • Amazon Business $8.95 1 $8.95
This Is the Rope: A Story from the Great Migration • Amazon Business $8.41 1 $8.41
Bippity Bop Barbershop • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Freedom in Congo Square (Charlotte Zolotow Award) • Amazon Business $7.05 1 $7.05
I Love My Hair! • Amazon Business $6.39 1 $6.39
Not Norman: A Goldfish Story • Amazon Business $6.36 1 $6.36

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