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Mrs. O'Sullivan from Corona NY is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Diverse Books for Diverse Readers

Help me give my students a more diverse library to reflect our diverse students.

  • $394 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

My first-grade class is a place of challenge, discovery, and growth-filled​ with many different opportunities for all students. They are creating a foundation for their future learning and education. My students face the challenges of living in a high poverty area, yet they come to school eager to learn every day.

The students grow and learn in different ways with different supports.

They bring to the class their wonderfully diverse backgrounds and an eagerness to learn English as many of them are ELL students and students with special needs. All of my first-grade​ students have unique needs and talents that help them grow as lifelong learners.

My Project

My classroom is filled with books, but the problem is that while some students' identities are reflected in it, not all students’ identities are reflected in the chapter books and read-aloud books we have in our classroom. It is important to include diversity in our libraries so that our children will be engaged and see meaning in their literature. My students come from all different ethnicities and religious backgrounds. They all face different challenges and they should have books that they can relate to in their class library.

By giving my students, books like She Persisted, Island Born, A is for Awesome, Brown Honey in Broom Wheat Tea, and other books where students can see that all people can be successful in all areas.

This is such a vital element in creating engaging readers that can develop a lifelong love of reading. It is also vital that students see that they can be anything and see people like them reflected in books, in careers, in finance. All of my students should be able to see that all children can be reflected in the literature they read, not only in their ethnicities but also in their genders. They should see their diverse characters achieving success in math and science, financial literacy and other areas as they will in these books. This way they can picture themselves in these roles. Please help my students see diversity reflected in their classroom library.

Mrs. O'Sullivan
Grades PreK-2
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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At this school, more than 50% of students are Black, Latinx, 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.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
The Lady and the Sharks • Amazon Business $17.79 1 $17.79
Bravo!: Poems About Amazing Hispanics • Amazon Business $16.19 1 $16.19
Emmanuel's Dream: The True Story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah • Amazon Business $14.19 1 $14.19
If Your Monster Won't Go To Bed • Amazon Business $13.99 1 $13.99
Feel the Beat: Dance Poems that Zing from Salsa to Swing • Amazon Business $13.43 1 $13.43
Shark Lady: The True Story of How Eugenie Clark Became the Ocean's Most Fearless Scientist • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
Fry Bread: A Native American Family Story • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
The Sandwich Swap • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99
Islandborn • Amazon Business $11.69 1 $11.69
Swimming with Sharks: The Daring Discoveries of Eugenie Clark • Amazon Business $11.59 1 $11.59
A Full Moon Is Rising • Amazon Business $11.56 1 $11.56
A Different Pond (Fiction Picture Books) • Amazon Business $10.69 1 $10.69
Even Superheroes Have Bad Days • Amazon Business $10.48 1 $10.48
Festival of Colors • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
The Big Ceremony • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
And That's Why She's My Mama • Amazon Business $9.95 1 $9.95
Stephen Curry: The Children's Book: The Boy Who Never Gave Up • Amazon Business $9.71 1 $9.71
All My Stripes: A Story for Children with Autism • Amazon Business $9.50 1 $9.50
She Persisted: 13 American Women Who Changed the World • Amazon Business $9.32 1 $9.32
The Hula-Hoopin' Queen • Amazon Business $9.19 1 $9.19
All the Colors of the Earth (Mulberry Books) • Amazon Business $7.69 1 $7.69
One Leaf Rides the Wind • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Brown Honey in Broomwheat Tea • Amazon Business $6.98 1 $6.98
Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns: A Muslim Book of Colors • Amazon Business $6.89 1 $6.89
A Bike Like Sergio's • Amazon Business $6.69 1 $6.69
A Is for Awesome!: 23 Iconic Women Who Changed the World • Amazon Business $6.22 1 $6.22
Shark Lady: True Adventures of Eugenie Clark • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99
Friday the Scaredy Cat • Amazon Business $3.99 1 $3.99
The Scariest Day Ever . . . So Far (Friday the Scaredy Cat) • Amazon Business $3.99 1 $3.99
Playdates Are Not Scary! (Friday the Scaredy Cat) • Amazon Business $3.99 1 $3.99

Materials cost

$295.64

Vendor shipping charges

$3.99

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$4.43

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$334.06

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$58.95

Total project goal

$393.01

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$393.01

4 Donors

-$198.15

Donations toward project cost

-$180.60

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$17.55

Matching donations from our partners

-$180.54

Match offers toward project cost

-$153.46

Match offers to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$27.08

Excluded support for DonorsChoose

-$14.32

Still needed View calculationHide calculation

$0.00

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