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Ms. Smith from Fairfax CA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Diverse Children's Books for Our School

Help me give my students diverse children's books like "Carmen Full of Wishes" and "I'm Like You, You're Like Me".

  • $349 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

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My Students

My group is a multi-age Transitional Kindergarten/Kindergarten/First Grade class, with a wide range of abilities, strengths, and challenges. Two-thirds of the students in my class speak at least 2 languages, and more than half of them qualify as low-income. Our school consists of 8 classrooms all together, spanning TK to Fifth Grade. We have the most culturally and ethnically diverse community of any school in our area, including a wide range of socio-economic levels.

Our classrooms are getting more diverse all the time, and our classroom libraries need to keep up.

Our students are active and like to experience science in our nearby Open Space. They love to engage in Music and Art classes, as well as Spanish and P.E. And they love to share stories - stories about adventures and challenges and joy and pain.

My Project

I am creating a collection of books to be shared by our 8 classroom teachers, for all of us to read to our students. The stories will be available to all of our children, ages 4 to 11, to encourage conversations about empathy, equity, and community.

Our Transitional Kindergarten through Fifth Grade students need access to children's books representing different backgrounds and experiences, to promote tolerance and acceptance.

I believe that this is what social justice looks like in elementary school: seeing yourself represented in stories and learning the stories of others who are different from you. Feeling the feelings of others, and realizing that we are all more alike than we are different.

Ms. Smith
Grades PreK-2
Half of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 160 students.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Peaceful Fights for Equal Rights • Amazon Business $17.99 1 $17.99
Counting on Katherine: How Katherine Johnson Saved Apollo 13 • Amazon Business $17.48 1 $17.48
The Girl With a Mind for Math: The Story of Raye Montague (Amazing Scientists) • Amazon Business $16.19 1 $16.19
The Word Collector • Amazon Business $16.19 1 $16.19
Malala's Magic Pencil • Amazon Business $14.57 1 $14.57
Julián Is a Mermaid • Amazon Business $14.29 1 $14.29
Abuela (English Edition with Spanish Phrases) • Amazon Business $13.80 1 $13.80
She Persisted: 13 American Women Who Changed the World • Amazon Business $13.49 1 $13.49
She Persisted Around the World: 13 Women Who Changed History • Amazon Business $13.49 1 $13.49
Carmela Full of Wishes • Amazon Business $12.75 1 $12.75
Islandborn • Amazon Business $12.75 1 $12.75
I'm Like You, You're Like Me: A Book About Understanding and Appreciating Each Other • Amazon Business $12.65 1 $12.65
Corduroy Takes a Bow • Amazon Business $12.58 1 $12.58
Dear Primo: A Letter to My Cousin • Amazon Business $12.54 1 $12.54
I Am Enough • Amazon Business $11.61 1 $11.61
The Day You Begin • Amazon Business $11.39 1 $11.39
I Am Human: A Book of Empathy • Amazon Business $10.52 1 $10.52
De Colores and Other Latin American Folksongs for Children (Anthology) (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $6.42 1 $6.42

Materials cost

$240.70

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$22.02

3rd party payment processing fee

$3.61

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$296.33

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$52.29

Total project goal

$348.62

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$348.62

7 Donors

-$298.62

Donations toward project cost

-$253.83

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$44.79

match offer

-$50.00

Match offer toward project cost

-$42.50

Match offer to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$7.50

Still needed View calculationHide calculation

$0.00

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Project Activity

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