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Mrs. Paulson from Sunnyvale CA is requesting books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Diverse Literature: It's Like You're My Mirror...

Help me give my students diverse, multicultural literature that they can see themselves in. We need books that highlight minorities, individuals dealing with physical & learning disabilities, and characters tackling issues such as immigration, prejudice, and internal struggles.

  • $512 goal

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Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

I teach a very diverse group of 27 fifth graders at a public K-5 elementary school in the Silicon Valley of California. My students have a variety of linguistic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds. Over 50% of our students are English language learners and more than a third come from low-income families.

My job is to help prepare students for success in middle school and beyond as they reach their personal and educational goals.

We are becoming lifelong learners and contributing members of society who think critically and are constantly problem solving. Each year is a new adventure, and I consider myself very fortunate to be able to learn alongside such amazing young people!

My Project

My 5th graders are a group of 27 very special young people, who come from a variety of linguistic, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds. Some cope with learning disabilities and language barriers, while others are managing challenges in their home lives. Despite any difficulties they are facing, they come to school eager to learn, and hungry for books! They deserve to see themselves in literature, and read texts to which they deeply connect. I want them to be proud of who they are, and who their ancestors are. Additionally, learning about the hardships that others face, the richness and depth of various cultures, and the importance of acceptance, friendship, and family will only further help them to develop into open-minded, socially-aware, inclusive young people.

Breathe new life into our classroom library by infusing it with a plethora of new, diverse literature that celebrates cultural traditions, highlights the importance of living authentically, and encourages accepting oneself and others.

Give my students mirrors in which they can see themselves, situations they can relate to, and characters who are just like them! Their differences are what make them amazing!

As an Asian American woman who grew up here in the heart of Silicon Valley, just minutes from where I have been teaching for the past 16 years, I know firsthand how vital it is to provide meaningful, empowering texts to young people. I can't remember being surrounded by many texts that were written by or starred people of color, like me. We can do better. We must do better. Thank you for considering a donation to this passion project of ours!

Mrs. Paulson
Grades 3-5

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
The Girl Who Drank the Moon • AKJ Education $16.16 1 $16.16
Malala's Magic Pencil • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
Harvesting Hope • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
Start Now! • AKJ Education $12.40 1 $12.40
The Crossover • AKJ Education $12.40 1 $12.40
The Playbook • AKJ Education $10.94 1 $10.94
Where the Mountain Meets the Moon • AKJ Education $8.75 1 $8.75
The Running Dream • AKJ Education $8.02 1 $8.02
Brown Girl Dreaming • AKJ Education $8.02 1 $8.02
Small Steps • AKJ Education $7.29 1 $7.29
Farewell to Manzanar • AKJ Education $7.29 1 $7.29
The Breadwinner • AKJ Education $7.26 1 $7.26
Parvana's Journey • AKJ Education $7.26 1 $7.26
Cool Salsa (Spanish Edition) • AKJ Education $6.98 1 $6.98
The Watsons Go to Birmingham--1963 • AKJ Education $6.56 1 $6.56
The Red Pencil • AKJ Education $6.56 1 $6.56
I Love My Hair! • AKJ Education $6.56 1 $6.56
The Dreamer • AKJ Education $6.56 1 $6.56
Tangerine • AKJ Education $6.56 1 $6.56
Inside Out and Back Again • AKJ Education $6.56 1 $6.56
The Heart of Everything That Is • AKJ Education $6.56 1 $6.56
A Long Pitch Home • AKJ Education $6.56 1 $6.56
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind • AKJ Education $6.56 1 $6.56
Hidden Figures Young Readers' Edition • AKJ Education $6.56 1 $6.56
La Linea • AKJ Education $6.56 1 $6.56
Dad, Jackie, and Me • AKJ Education $6.53 1 $6.53
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry • AKJ Education $6.29 1 $6.29
Bud, Not Buddy • AKJ Education $6.29 1 $6.29
Crossing the Wire • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Return to Sender • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
When My Name Was Keoko • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
My Name Is Yoon • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Tar Beach • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
The Absolute Value of Mike • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Kaline Klattermaster's Tree House • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Those Shoes • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
The Mighty Miss Malone • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Mockingbird • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
A Boy Called Slow • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Dancing Home • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Becoming Naomi Leon • AKJ Education $5.59 1 $5.59
One Crazy Summer • AKJ Education $5.59 1 $5.59
A Long Walk to Water • AKJ Education $5.28 1 $5.28
Alvin Ho: Allergic to Girls, School, and Other Scary Things • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10
Sylvia & Aki • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10
The Color of My Words • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10
Granny Torrelli Makes Soup • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10
How Tia Lola Came to (Visit) Stay • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10
Any Small Goodness: A Novel of the Barrio • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10
The Land of Forgotten Girls • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10
Riding Freedom • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10
The Skirt • AKJ Education $4.37 1 $4.37
My Name Is Maria Isabel • AKJ Education $4.19 1 $4.19

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