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Mrs. Teasdale from St Petersburg FL is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Diverse Books for a Diverse Class

My students need books for our classroom library that reflect who they are or what they may be experiencing.

  • $307 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

My first grade students come from varying backgrounds, homes and with unique challenges. I teach in a low-income/high poverty school and am always looking for ways to help my students be happy and successful. Together we create a family-like atmosphere, where we learn together and love each other!

Although my students face many daily challenges- academically, socially, behaviorally - they strive to excel and work hard!

They really love school and I love opening their eyes to new experiences!

My classroom is one where they feel loved and find their love of learning! They are active and curious by nature and I provide a culture where they can be themselves! First graders are just starting out in their educational lives and it's my job and privilege to make sure they are engaged and meet success on a daily basis!

My Project

Just like the world, my classroom is made of diverse children. However, my classroom library does not represent that diversity. I want my students to hear books read by me and to be able to choose books that represent their cultures, experiences, religions, and beliefs.

My students need to know that the way the look, where they come from, what challenges they experience are all appreciated and that they are not alone in that journey.

I want my students to see themselves in the books that we read. I've heard these called "mirror" books because students can see themselves in the characters. They also need "window" books so they can look out into the world and learn about others through good literature.

My library mostly consists of books with fair skinned families. I'm asking for books about Hispanic, African American, Asian and other cultures around the world. I also want books that touch upon difficult situations that my students deal with, for example immigration issues, incarceration of a parent, and dealing with disabilities of themselves and even others. I believe that exposing my students to different cultures, backgrounds and experiences will help build empathy and understanding of all people. If they can learn this in first grade, what a wonderful world this will be.

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

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Mommy's Khimar • Amazon Business $15.90 1 $15.90
Alma and How She Got Her Name • Amazon Business $13.71 1 $13.71
Grandma's Purse • Amazon Business $13.20 1 $13.20
I Am Enough • Amazon Business $13.10 1 $13.10
Islandborn • Amazon Business $12.75 1 $12.75
Who's In My Family?: All About Our Families (Let's Talk about You and Me) • Amazon Business $12.61 1 $12.61
Lost and Found Cat: The True Story of Kunkush's Incredible Journey • Amazon Business $12.59 1 $12.59
The Big Umbrella • Amazon Business $12.14 1 $12.14
The Big Bed • Amazon Business $11.74 1 $11.74
Rosie and Crayon • Amazon Business $11.55 1 $11.55
Yo Soy Muslim: A Father's Letter to His Daughter • Amazon Business $11.48 1 $11.48
Chocolate Milk, Por Favor: Celebrating Diversity with Empathy • Amazon Business $10.95 1 $10.95
Mama's Nightingale: A Story of Immigration and Separation • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
A Friend Like Simon - Autism / ASD (Moonbeam childrens book award winner 2009) - Special Stories Series 2 (Volume 1) • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Visiting Day • Amazon Business $8.82 1 $8.82
Smoky Night • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Mommy, Mama, and Me • Amazon Business $7.19 1 $7.19
And Tango Makes Three (Classic Board Books) • Amazon Business $7.14 1 $7.14
Suki's Kimono • Amazon Business $6.96 1 $6.96
The Life of /La Vida De Selena: A Lil' Libros Bilingual Biography (English and Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Holi Colors • Amazon Business $5.77 1 $5.77
A New Year's Reunion: A Chinese Story • Amazon Business $5.66 1 $5.66

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