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Ms. Clancy from Lawrence MA is requesting books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Diverse Books for a Colorful Classroom Library

Help me give my students read aloud books that will enrich their understanding of other cultures and identities, learn about people and stories of the past, develop friendships, and regulate emotions.

  • $699 goal

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My Students

My first-grade classroom is full of creative, intelligent students. They enter our learning community each day excited to learn, ready to take new chances, and willing to try their best. Many of my students are English Learners. A majority of my students are economically disadvantaged with all students qualifying for free breakfast and lunch. My students are eager to learn about the world around them and one of the best ways we can do that is through the power of picture books.

Please help me give my students a classroom library and read-aloud experience that reflects and celebrates the diversity of the world around them.

Celebrating and learning about our differences is so important right now. I want my students to have access to high-quality books that help them do just that.

My Project

In 1988, Emily Style explained that some books can "provide windows offer a view into reality, not just into imaginary worlds". She stated that other "books that reflect a reader’s own life are mirrors" allowing readers to see themselves in the stories in front of them. Creating a classroom library where both "window" and "mirror" books are present allows students to explore their identities and expand their knowledge of the world around them.

Now, in 2020, it's more important than ever for our students to have access to diverse books that serve as mirrors and windows.

I want my students to be able to listen to a story and relate it to their own lives or have questions about places and people they've never heard of before.

I am asking for books like "Under My Hijab", a story that celebrates contemporary Muslim life, offering students a peek into a culture different from their own. Another book, "Mango, Abuela, and Me" tells the story of a young girl who lives with her grandmother from Cuba and has trouble communicating with her sometimes because she only speaks Spanish. This book may serve as a mirror for some of my students. Other books like "Way Past Mad" offer students a relatable story that they can empathize with and can aid them in self-regulation. All of the stories on this list will enrich my students' literary experience in some way. Thank you in advance for supporting us.

Ms. Clancy
Grades PreK-2

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Way Past Worried (Great Big Feelings) • Amazon Business $16.99 1 $16.99
A Vote Is a Powerful Thing • Amazon Business $16.99 1 $16.99
The Proudest Blue: A Story of Hijab and Family • Amazon Business $16.19 1 $16.19
Remarkably You • Amazon Business $16.19 1 $16.19
We Are Water Protectors • Amazon Business $15.99 1 $15.99
Rulers of the Playground • Amazon Business $15.79 1 $15.79
Sofia Valdez, Future Prez (The Questioneers) • Amazon Business $15.03 1 $15.03
Iggy Peck, Architect (The Questioneers) • Amazon Business $14.93 1 $14.93
Dreamers • Amazon Business $14.93 1 $14.93
Speak Up • Amazon Business $14.92 1 $14.92
Under My Hijab • Amazon Business $14.91 1 $14.91
Just Ask!: Be Different, Be Brave, Be You • Amazon Business $14.68 1 $14.68
Ada Twist, Scientist • Amazon Business $14.51 1 $14.51
Seeds and Trees: A children's book about the power of words • Amazon Business $14.49 1 $14.49
Pink Is for Boys • Amazon Business $14.46 1 $14.46
The Smallest Girl in the Smallest Grade • Amazon Business $14.39 1 $14.39
Once Upon an Eid: Stories of Hope and Joy by 15 Muslim Voices • Amazon Business $14.39 1 $14.39
Carmela Full of Wishes • Amazon Business $14.35 1 $14.35
The Word Collector • Amazon Business $14.35 1 $14.35
A Hat for Mrs. Goldman: A Story About Knitting and Love • Amazon Business $14.29 1 $14.29
Dias y Dias/Days and Days: Bilingual Spanish-English Children's Book • Amazon Business $14.16 1 $14.16
The Buddy Bench • Amazon Business $13.79 1 $13.79
Way Past Mad (Great Big Feelings) • Amazon Business $13.77 1 $13.77
Our American Dream • Amazon Business $13.75 1 $13.75
Phoebe Sounds It Out • Amazon Business $13.69 1 $13.69
I See You • Amazon Business $13.49 1 $13.49
Outside My Window • Amazon Business $13.49 1 $13.49
Listening with My Heart: A story of kindness and self-compassion • Amazon Business $12.93 1 $12.93
Let the Children March • Amazon Business $11.89 1 $11.89
When You Need Wings • Amazon Business $11.70 1 $11.70
Don't Touch My Hair! • Amazon Business $11.38 1 $11.38
Hey, Wall: A Story of Art and Community • Amazon Business $10.99 1 $10.99
Hair Love • Amazon Business $10.96 1 $10.96
Our Class is a Family • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
But Its Not My Fault (Responsible Me!) • Amazon Business $9.95 1 $9.95
Call Me Max (Max and Friends Book 1) • Amazon Business $8.95 1 $8.95
I'm New Here • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Just a Minute: A Trickster Tale and Counting Book • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Cece Loves Science • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Mango, Abuela, and Me • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Those Shoes • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
The Day of the Dead: A Bilingual Celebration (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $6.69 1 $6.69
Freedom on the Menu: The Greensboro Sit-Ins • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
My Best Friend • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99

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