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Ms. Snyder from Pittsburgh PA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Diverse Literature Needed to Help Students Learn Empathy

My students need diverse books that will engage them in their reading and make them excited to choose something new to read!

  • $1,000 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

As a partial magnet in the Pittsburgh Public Schools, my students come from all over the city.

We are a community of diverse backgrounds and needs.

The students in my room are truly a representation of our world today. I have students who are struggling readers and students who read well above grade level. I have students who learned another language before English, and I have students who come from a long line of Pittsburgh families. Some of my kids have never left the city, while others have traveled the world. One of the things that all of my students share is a love for reading. They are constantly searching for new books. Our classroom has a very outdated selection of books, so when I am able to buy new titles the excitement in the room is tangible!

My Project

This Donors Choose Project was inspired by the #armmewith movement. After posting about my classroom needs, it was suggested that I create a project to add to my classroom library.

I believe that literature has an extraordinary ability to help people understand empathy.

What better way to put yourself in someone else's shoes than by living their lives through the pages of a book? In my classroom, we spend a lot of time talking about the tough topics that permeate our society. Unfortunately, I do not have a large supply of books that reflect these topics. Most of the books in my room have a white boy as the main protagonist. I would love to add to my library with a diverse selection of literature to help my students to be more excited when searching for something new to read.

My hope is that through reading, my students will learn about the lives of others, and be willing to have hard conversations about these things. Through all of this, the ultimate end goal is a more understanding and welcoming society, and a classroom where my students feel free to be exactly who they are.

Ms. Snyder
Grades 3-5
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Forge • AKJ Education $6.56 12 $78.72
Ashes • AKJ Education $6.56 12 $78.72
George • Amazon Business $6.25 8 $50.00
Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls 2 • Amazon Business $35.00 1 $35.00
The One and Only Ivan • Amazon Business $5.59 6 $33.54
Drama • Amazon Business $6.56 4 $26.24
Betty Before X • Amazon Business $11.72 2 $23.44
After Tupac and D Foster • Amazon Business $6.87 3 $20.61
The Crossover • AKJ Education $10.28 2 $20.56
Young, Gifted and Black: Meet 52 Black Heroes from Past and Present • Amazon Business $18.41 1 $18.41
Strong Is the New Pretty: A Celebration of Girls Being Themselves • Amazon Business $17.40 1 $17.40
Rain Reign • Amazon Business $7.99 2 $15.98
Let the Children March • Amazon Business $14.53 1 $14.53
I Am Jazz • Amazon Business $14.39 1 $14.39
Can I Touch Your Hair?: Poems of Race, Mistakes, and Friendship • Amazon Business $14.11 1 $14.11
As Brave As You • Amazon Business $6.98 2 $13.96
Shaking Things Up: 14 Young Women Who Changed the World • Amazon Business $13.37 1 $13.37
Helen Keller: Her Life in Pictures Her Life in Pictures • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race • Amazon Business $12.75 1 $12.75
I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter • Amazon Business $12.32 1 $12.32
I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark • Amazon Business $12.24 1 $12.24
Write to Me: Letters from Japanese American Children to the Librarian They Left Behind • Amazon Business $12.14 1 $12.14
Lily and Dunkin • Amazon Business $11.89 1 $11.89
Playing Atari with Saddam Hussein: Based on a True Story • Amazon Business $11.78 1 $11.78
Black Girl Magic: A Poem • Amazon Business $11.72 1 $11.72
Towers Falling • Amazon Business $11.68 1 $11.68
Pax • Amazon Business $11.68 1 $11.68
Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History • Amazon Business $11.68 1 $11.68
Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World • Amazon Business $11.55 1 $11.55
Women in Sports: 50 Fearless Athletes Who Played to Win • Amazon Business $11.55 1 $11.55
The Gauntlet • Amazon Business $10.48 1 $10.48
Forget Me Not • Amazon Business $10.48 1 $10.48
Amina's Voice • Amazon Business $10.48 1 $10.48
The Hate U Give • Amazon Business $10.25 1 $10.25
A Sky Full of Stars • Amazon Business $9.98 1 $9.98
A is for Activist • Amazon Business $9.94 1 $9.94
Race the Night • Amazon Business $9.34 1 $9.34
The Best Man • Amazon Business $8.76 1 $8.76
Being Jazz • AKJ Education $8.02 1 $8.02
Planet Middle School • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Playground • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Okay for Now • Amazon Business $7.45 1 $7.45
May B. • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
The Boy on the Porch • Amazon Business $6.98 1 $6.98
The Jumbies • Amazon Business $6.95 1 $6.95
When You Reach Me (Yearling Newbery) • Amazon Business $6.39 1 $6.39
Harriet Tubman: Conductor on the Underground Railroad • Amazon Business $5.61 1 $5.61
Gracefully Grayson • Amazon Business $5.06 1 $5.06
The Wednesday Wars • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99
Inside Out and Back Again • Amazon Business $4.74 1 $4.74
The Year of Billy Miller • Amazon Business $3.89 1 $3.89

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