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Ms. Melnick from Evanston IL is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Diverse Literature for Diverse Students

Help me give my students diverse literature that gives them both mirrors (a reflection of themselves) and windows (a look into other race, cultures, sexualities, and other identities).

  • $408 goal

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My Students

I teach three sections of 7th grade literature to a diverse population of students. As a first year teacher, my classroom library is relatively scarce. My students read at least 20 minutes every day. I believe that reading everyday helps build students comprehension, vocabulary skills, and improving general knowledge. And they love it!

My goal is to get more books that are different genres, as well as more books that feature diverse characters.By reading different genres students expand their horizons and will gain new perspectives.

In addition, it is important for students to have a chance to read books with characters who look like them and their peers.

My school is extremely diverse in both race, culture, and socioeconomic status. When students can see themselves reflected in a book they are more encouraged to read it because they can relate. It is also helpful for students who may not be reflected in the book to read diverse literature to learn about different cultures and situations.

My Project

Students in my class read for 20-30 minutes every day plus they have the ability to check out books to take home. Help me provide books for them that reflect their identities and spark their interests!

My goal is to create a love of reading by the end of this year.

I have students constantly telling me they hate reading. I truly believe nobody can hate reading, they just have not found a book that has made them fall in love with reading yet. Help me bring a love of reading to my students this year! Please consider donating a book or two to my classroom. I promise you it does not go students get extremely excited every time new books arrive. My students and I are very appreciative for any donations made to our library! Thank you in advance for your consideration!

Ms. Melnick
Grades 6-8
More than a third of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
The Best Part of Me: Children Talk About their Bodies in Pictures and Words • Amazon Business $18.99 1 $18.99
The Far Away Brothers (Adapted for Young Adults): Two Teenage Immigrants Making a Life in America • Amazon Business $17.40 1 $17.40
The To All the Boys I've Loved Before Paperback Collection: To All the Boys I've Loved Before; P.S. I Still Love You; Always and Forever, Lara Jean • Amazon Business $17.29 1 $17.29
Rebound (The Crossover Series) • Amazon Business $14.42 1 $14.42
Let the Children March • Amazon Business $13.49 1 $13.49
American Street • Amazon Business $12.79 1 $12.79
Other Words for Home • Amazon Business $11.72 1 $11.72
The Poet X • Amazon Business $10.99 1 $10.99
The Poet X • Amazon Business $10.99 1 $10.99
Monster: A Graphic Novel • Amazon Business $10.99 1 $10.99
Hair Like Mine (Kids Like Mine) • Amazon Business $10.95 1 $10.95
Pink Is for Boys • Amazon Business $10.89 1 $10.89
Piecing Me Together • Amazon Business $10.48 1 $10.48
Love Makes a Family • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Ronit & Jamil • Amazon Business $9.89 1 $9.89
Just Listen • Amazon Business $9.50 1 $9.50
Civil Rights Then and Now: A Timeline of the Fight for Equality in America • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
Skin Like Mine (Kids Like Mine) • Amazon Business $8.95 1 $8.95
Steal This Country: A Handbook for Resistance, Persistence, and Fixing Almost Everything • Amazon Business $8.79 1 $8.79
Ball Don't Lie • Amazon Business $8.18 1 $8.18
A Land of Permanent Goodbyes • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Brown Girl Dreaming • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
We Were Here • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Enchanted Air: Two Cultures, Two Wings: A Memoir • Amazon Business $7.48 1 $7.48
Along for the Ride • Amazon Business $7.13 1 $7.13
Esperanza Rising (Scholastic Gold) • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Long Way Down • Amazon Business $6.79 1 $6.79
Booked (The Crossover Series) • Amazon Business $6.49 1 $6.49
If You Were a Kid During the Civil Rights Movement (If You Were a Kid) • Amazon Business $6.36 1 $6.36
I Am Confident, Brave & Beautiful: A Coloring Book for Girls • Amazon Business $5.70 1 $5.70
Dear Martin • Amazon Business $5.48 1 $5.48

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