My students need meaningful books that better represent their cultural backgrounds as well as the languages that they speak.
I teach 26 motivated, eager, and ready-to-learn students who I feel need to be exposed to, and have access to, books that better represent their unique backgrounds. A large percentage of students that you will be supporting in this project are from low income households. These students often come from trauma in their backgrounds, or have experiences in their past that alter the way they experience school.
I am working to make these students feel comfortable and safe.
In order to do this, I am attempting to cultivate an environment that values the cultural differences that my students bring into the classroom. The books that you will be supporting with this project, represent the cultural backgrounds of the students in this school, and in my class. These books will be vital resources in helping students bring their cultures and backgrounds to the school environment in a way that will enrich their school experiences.
In the traditional American school system, students of color are bombarded with literature that represents one specific background and experience. These students come to school and are not used to seeing themselves being represented in the books that they are reading. This project is presented in order to counteract this, and give students reading materials that better represent their families, their traditions, their languages, and their cultural backgrounds.
When students relate to and feel a connection with what they are reading, deeper engagement is fostered and deeper connections are made.
With this being said, the list of books that I compiled here is intended to bring my students' unique cultural backgrounds into the classroom to begin to create a classroom community where students feel that they are being valued, and where students can feel comfortable to explore books and take risks.
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|Trickster: Native American Tales, A Graphic Collection • Amazon Business||$26.24||1||$26.24|
|The Warriors • Amazon Business||$4.99||5||$24.95|
|Dentro de mi imaginación (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business||$15.72||1||$15.72|
|Portraits of Hispanic American Heroes • Amazon Business||$15.18||1||$15.18|
|Viva Frida (Morales, Yuyi) • Amazon Business||$14.65||1||$14.65|
|I Am Not a Number • Amazon Business||$14.33||1||$14.33|
|Malian’s Song (Vermont Folklife Center Children's Book Series) • Amazon Business||$14.05||1||$14.05|
|Esperanza Rising (McDougal Littell Library) • Amazon Business||$6.29||2||$12.58|
|All Are Welcome • Amazon Business||$12.32||1||$12.32|
|Zombie Baseball Beatdown • Amazon Business||$5.99||2||$11.98|
|Undefeated: Jim Thorpe and the Carlisle Indian School Football Team • Amazon Business||$11.19||1||$11.19|
|Son Who Returns (PathFinders) • Amazon Business||$9.95||1||$9.95|
|Yes! We Are Latinos: Poems and Prose About the Latino Experience • Amazon Business||$9.44||1||$9.44|
|El Soñador: (Spanish language edition of The Dreamer) (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business||$8.99||1||$8.99|
|Sí, puedes (Play Ball!) (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business||$8.99||1||$8.99|
|Silver People: Voices from the Panama Canal • Amazon Business||$8.89||1||$8.89|
|Nate el Grande: Â¡Hola! (Big Nate) (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business||$8.72||1||$8.72|
|The Dreamer • Amazon Business||$8.63||1||$8.63|
|Freddie Ramos Takes Off (Zapato Power) • Amazon Business||$3.99||2||$7.98|
|The Birchbark House • Amazon Business||$6.99||1||$6.99|
|Gaby, Lost and Found: A Wish Novel • Amazon Business||$6.29||1||$6.29|
|Lola Levine Meets Jelly and Bean • Amazon Business||$5.99||1||$5.99|
|Lola Levine and the Ballet Scheme • Amazon Business||$5.99||1||$5.99|
|Lola Levine and the Halloween Scream • Amazon Business||$5.99||1||$5.99|
|Soft Rain: A Story of the Cherokee Trail of Tears • Amazon Business||$5.99||1||$5.99|
|Lola Levine: Drama Queen • Amazon Business||$5.13||1||$5.13|
|Freddie Ramos Zooms to the Rescue (Zapato Power) • Amazon Business||$4.99||1||$4.99|
|Freddie Ramos Makes a Splash (Zapato Power) • Amazon Business||$4.99||1||$4.99|
|Freddie Ramos Springs Into Action (Zapato Power) • Amazon Business||$4.99||1||$4.99|
|Lola Levine and the Vacation Dream • Amazon Business||$4.79||1||$4.79|
|Lola Levine Is Not Mean! • Amazon Business||$4.16||1||$4.16|
|Me llamo María Isabel • Amazon Business||$2.99||1||$2.99|
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