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!
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!
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