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Ms. Epley from Memphis TN is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Diverse Students Deserve Diverse Books

Help me give my students diverse books that can celebrate and inspire who they are such as: "I Love My Hair!", "What Can You Do With a Paleta?", and "Malala's Magic Pencil".

  • $399 goal

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My Students

Every day my students come to school with smiles on their faces and light in their eyes. It brings unending joy to my heart to watch that light turn into the fire of their eagerness to learn. The fabulous second graders in my class work hard every day to be the best humans that they can be!

I teach in a small urban public elementary school where 78% of the students come from low-income families and 21% of the students have Hispanic backgrounds.

We operate as a peaceful community where each child is shown that they are cared for and that their teachers believe in them.

My students are full of love for others and excitement for learning. They are hard workers, talkers, problem solvers, helpers, readers, researchers, and lovers...their possibilities are endless!

My Project

These books will continue to enhance the print rich environment that I strive to create in my classroom. I love reading and my students are growing to love reading as well! I want to continue to foster their love of reading by providing books that represent who they are. Most children's books depict stories of caucasian people and animals. Therefore the amount of diverse literature is incredibly small, and my classroom library is no exception but I want to change that. My school has a very diverse population of students with children from Hispanic, Ethiopian, Ukrainian, Indian, and many more backgrounds as well as an African American population of 52%. My students are in need of diverse books that celebrate and empower who they are!

With these diverse books my students will be able to see characters that look like themselves, read stories that feature the languages that they speak, and learn about people who are the same gender and race as themselves.

Two of the most important things that happen when children read diverse books are that they experience a boost in confidence and they become much more interested in reading which will increase their reading ability! I know that when my students pick up "Henry's Freedom Box", "The Fiesta Dress: A Quinceanera Tale", and "Marisol McDonald no combina" they will immediately recognize that that book was written especially for them. One book that I am especially excited for my students to read is "I Love My Hair!" because my African American female students will be able to connect so much with the story and will want to read it again and again. By donating to this project you will encourage my sweet and diverse students to love reading and to love themselves!

Ms. Epley
Grades PreK-2
Nearly all students from low‑income households

Equity Focus

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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This project will reach 60 students.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Malala's Magic Pencil • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
Henry's Freedom Box • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
Hooway for Wodney Wat • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
Yo Soy Muslim • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
Marisol McDonald no combina / Marisol McDonald Doesn't Match • AKJ Education $13.10 1 $13.10
Fish in a Tree • AKJ Education $12.40 1 $12.40
The Fiesta Dress: A Quinceanera Tale • AKJ Education $7.29 1 $7.29
Wilma Rudolph • AKJ Education $7.29 1 $7.29
Our Children Can Soar A Celebration of Rosa, Barack, and the Pioneers of Change • AKJ Education $6.56 1 $6.56
Max and the Tag-Along Moon • AKJ Education $6.56 1 $6.56
Abiyoyo Returns • AKJ Education $6.56 1 $6.56
Guacamole • AKJ Education $6.53 1 $6.53
Cinco de Mayo • AKJ Education $6.53 1 $6.53
The Cazuela That the Farm Maiden Stirred • AKJ Education $6.53 1 $6.53
What Can You Do with a Paleta / ¿Qué Puedes Hacer con una Paleta? • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
I Love Saturdays y domingos • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
The Day of the Dead / El Dia de los Muertos • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
The Name Jar • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Rechenka's Eggs • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Flower Garden • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Christmas Around the World • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Some Birthday! • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Only Passing Through The Story of Sojourner Truth • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Raven A Trickster Tale from the Pacific Northwest • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
I Love My Hair! • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Round Is a Tortilla A Book of Shapes • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Bee-bim Bop! • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Imani's Moon • AKJ Education $5.80 1 $5.80
Hidden Figures Young Readers' Edition • AKJ Education $5.59 1 $5.59
Starring Grace • AKJ Education $5.39 1 $5.39
Ian's Walk A Story About Autism • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10
Mía y el reto del chocolate (Mia's Chocolate Challenge) • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10
Two Homes • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10
Those Shoes • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10
Frida • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10
Malala A Hero for All • AKJ Education $4.49 1 $4.49
Keena Ford and the Second-Grade Mix-Up • AKJ Education $4.37 1 $4.37
Who Was Nelson Mandela? • AKJ Education $4.37 1 $4.37
Julian, Dream Doctor • AKJ Education $4.37 1 $4.37
Who Is Barack Obama? • AKJ Education $4.37 1 $4.37
Picture Perfect • AKJ Education $4.34 1 $4.34
Lebron James • AKJ Education $4.34 1 $4.34
The Statue of Liberty • AKJ Education $3.64 1 $3.64
Junie B. Jones #6: Junie B. Jones and that Meanie Jim's Birthday • AKJ Education $3.64 1 $3.64
Helen Keller courage in the dark • AKJ Education $3.64 1 $3.64
Full, Full, Full of Love • AKJ Education $3.64 1 $3.64
My Family Adventure • AKJ Education $3.61 1 $3.61
Celebrating Chinese New Year Nick's New Year • AKJ Education $2.91 1 $2.91
Amelia Earhart More Than a Flier • AKJ Education $2.91 1 $2.91

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