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Mrs. Smith from Hagerstown MD is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Different Looks-Different Books!

My students need to see themselves (and others) in books, so this list is a collection of characters with special needs, characters of various nationalities, ages, and color. We want to want to read!

  • $421 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

The young children entering our room are curious and eager to learn and grow. We ask questions. We tell stories. We make friends. We work diligently to grow as individuals and as a community and establish positive mindsets as we develop our habits for learning.

We are a good mix of personalities, cultures, and ethnicities- a very diverse community and family!

We learn from our teachers, and we learn so much from one another. Although we come from very diverse places and families, we have one goal: to learn and to grow so we can be the best version of ourselves.

We believe learning to read helps us to do just that. Our teacher does her best to get books into our hands, and she works hard to teach us strategies for reading like a superhero! We learn to appreciate the value of books and what they can do to help us learn and grow.

My Project

We work hard in our room to build relationships and community, and as we all come from very diverse places, it is very important that young children see themselves (and others) in and through books. Picture books such as "Last Stop on Market Street" and "We Are Family" and the many other books on our list will help us see ourselves and better understand those who are different from us.

Books are useful in connecting children to experiences they do not understand as well as connecting them to experiences they have already had.

Hopefully, making these connections through books will build a fascination and love for reading and help our young readers empathize with others.

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

Equity Focus

At this school, more than 50% of students are Black, Latino, and/or Native American, and more than 50% come from low-income households. Learn how your donation to this school supports a more equitable education.

This project will reach 25 students.

11 donors have given to this project.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
My Best Buddy • AKJ Education $16.50 1 $16.50
Chocolate Me! • AKJ Education $16.19 1 $16.19
Big Red Lollipop • AKJ Education $15.29 1 $15.29
Happy in Our Skin • AKJ Education $14.39 1 $14.39
Susan Laughs • AKJ Education $13.86 1 $13.86
One Green Apple • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
The last stop on market street • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
One Word from Sophia • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
Ada Twist, Scientist • AKJ Education $13.10 1 $13.10
The Big Umbrella • AKJ Education $12.40 1 $12.40
Douglas, You Need Glasses! • AKJ Education $12.40 1 $12.40
Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl's Courage Changed Music • AKJ Education $12.40 1 $12.40
Hana Hashimoto, Sixth Violin • AKJ Education $12.37 1 $12.37
Big Bob, Little Bob • AKJ Education $11.67 1 $11.67
No Mirrors in My Nana's House Musical CD and Book • AKJ Education $8.02 1 $8.02
Cora Cooks Pancit • AKJ Education $7.26 1 $7.26
Max and the Tag-Along Moon • AKJ Education $6.56 1 $6.56
Visiting Day • AKJ Education $6.56 1 $6.56
Sopa de frijoles / Bean Soup • AKJ Education $6.53 1 $6.53
Suki's Kimono • AKJ Education $6.53 1 $6.53
I Love My Hair! • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
I Love Saturdays y domingos • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Round Is a Tortilla A Book of Shapes • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
What Can You Do with a Paleta / ¿Qué Puedes Hacer con una Paleta? • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Round is a Mooncake A Book of Shapes • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Bee-bim Bop! • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Say Hello! • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
The Name Jar • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Imani's Moon • AKJ Education $5.80 1 $5.80
Those Shoes • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10
Two Homes • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10
Ling & Ting Not Exactly the Same! • AKJ Education $3.64 1 $3.64
My Family Adventure • AKJ Education $3.61 1 $3.61
Full, Full, Full of Love • AKJ Education $3.59 1 $3.59

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